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Read Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. What in your opinion is the main theme of the poem?

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G.C.S.E Coursework. Michael Greco. Read Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. What in your opinion is the main theme of the poem? While explaining your answer you will need to comment on the poet's literacy skills. From the first few lines of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' Tennyson plunges you into the poem, creating an awesome, in depth feeling of reality. His words are so powerful, that they make you feel as if you are one of the Light Brigade. With this war language he uses he gives the reader a feeling of heroism and bravery, an inexorable feeling. 'Charge for the guns! ...read more.

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In verse three it exclaims that there was a; 'Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them Cannon in front of them.' This is an audio image of bombardment, which almost allows you to hear the cannons being set off. This draws the reader in, making them think as if they were there. 'Into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of hell'. In this line I have come across personification, as the valley has been brought to life by being given human attributes. This highlights the horror, torture and suffering the soldiers uncovered and shows the wicked darkness of war. In verse four there is a dramatic pause, 'All the world wondered.' ...read more.

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In this it says; 'we ate our breakfasts lying on our backs while shells where screeching overhead' It has the same audio effect as Tennyson's. The last verse is a very effective and awesome verse. It's an eulogy. It preaches upon the dead soldiers exclaiming how great they were to the nation, It recalls the bravery of the heroic soldiers. At the very end Tennyson shows the despairing horror of war, but never the less he marvels at their glory. After studying this poem I believe that there is not a single theme but many. Out of the many different themes I have come across in Tennyson's 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,' I have come to a conclusion that the two main themes of the poem are Honor and Bravery. ...read more.

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