• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A Critical Analysis of

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A Critical Analysis of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and explain its importance to Victorian Society. This particular poem deals with the unfortunate mistake of Battle of Balaclava in 1854. In an attempt to retrieve their stolen firearms, the British, lead by Lord Raglen, took their light cavalry to the innocent Turkish territory, rather than the guilty Russians. In self-defence Turkey protect themselves by attacking the British troops causing hundreds of deaths but "not, not the six hundred". Tennyson uses various techniques to involve the reader more personally. He uses this to emphasise the pain and suffering felt by the soldiers so the reader can really appreciate the physical defeat but the emotional victory from the "noble six hundred". The use of onomatopoeia in poems is generally used to make the situation more realistic. Although the same applies in this instance, Tennyson adds aural imagery to seem as if the reader is actually at the battle listening to everything being "shatter'd" and "thunder'd". ...read more.

Middle

Although the troops knew "some one had blunder'd", they did not question it. He wants to show that even though a person is higher, richer or more powerful than other they can still be vulnerable in making errors. This questions Victorian authority and whether they are making the right decision concerning the lives of British people. Poets in the twentieth century have also taken this argument into account most namely in Siegfried Sassoon's "The General" where their leader is described as "an incompetent swine". The repetition of "six hundred" as the final line of each stanza is significant. Instead of saying "many men" he shows that he regards the troops as individuals rather than a herd of men. The first three cantos have the line, "Rode the six hundred", but as the battle commences and concludes there an obvious change. In the fourth stanza we see "not, not the six hundred" is used. The repeating of "not" is noteworthy because it emphasises the amount of death did not run just in double figures, but is uncountable in its sheer tragic circumstance. ...read more.

Conclusion

The use of a diameter and dactylic is to create a suitable rhythm, which is similar to that of a knight and horse galloping and falling. This image of a knight boldly galloping can be linked to that of Lancelot in "The Lady of Shalott". Although one is myth and the other is real the definition of "bravery" is universal. The length of each stanza varies form six to twelve lines. The six stanzas and six lines reflect the "six hundred" soldiers. The altering stanza length echoes the varying number of soldiers left. The first three stanzas have nine lines and their last line is "Rode the six hundred" whereas the last three stanzas are all different with different endings. Throughout the poem we notice Tennyson's distaste for war. However he has made the battle itself rather exaggerated to show that war is not all about victory, bravery or patriotism, but death, blood and loss. He does, nevertheless, respect the soldiers involved and tries to make the reader appreciate the huge level of loss made by the mistake by one, somewhat more powerful man. 1 Varun Khanna ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE War Poetry section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE War Poetry essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Gunga Din Analysis

    4 star(s)

    At the end of the poem, Gunga Din 'spies' the poetic voice 'with a bullet where his belt-plate should've been' during battle. Gunga Din rushes over to save the poetic voice, and does so, before he gets shot himself. Just before Gunga Din eventually dies, the poetic voice tells him

  2. This essay will consist of a number of Interpretations some agreeing with the popular ...

    It was an effective system of radar across the South Coast, which alerted Britain to approaching Luftwaffe. Under the leadership of Sir Hugh Dowding the R.A.F. used this vast amount of information quickly and effectively. This system was of vital importance of winning the Battle.

  1. Comparing and contrasting "The charge of the Light Brigade" and "The Defence of Lucknow" ...

    "Into the jaws of death" (The charge of The Light Brigade, S: 3) "Death from their rifle bullets, and death from their cannon balls" (The Defence of Lucknow, S: 2) "Death in our innermost chamber" (The Defence of Lucknow, S: 2)

  2. The popular myth of the Battle of Britain quickly emerged during the early part ...

    this maybe because this book was written about 37 years after the Battle and people still remember it. An important factor for writing this book is that there was no need for propaganda and he has the benefit of hindsight.

  1. English Tennyson Coursework

    To me it sounds like from the beginning Tennyson is making excuses on behalf of the soldiers by mentioning that they were only half a league which is six hundred soldiers and so they must have been outnumbered, Tennyson does not want the people to believe that the British never

  2. Compare the presentation of war in the Olivier and Branagh versions of 'Henry V'. ...

    Only the preparations to the battle. It starts with the men coming off the ship onto land where the battle is to take place. We can see the castle of Harfleur in the distance. The men stand in matching costumes in the daytime.

  1. "With reference to the chosen sequence from the Gladiator, write an analysis which focuses ...

    This along with the orchestral music sounds like a heart beat as there is a short pause between every chant. Again the heart beat sound reiterates the anticipation of the gladiators; this is effective as it makes the scene more exciting and exhilarating to watch.

  2. Yellow Palm Analysis. Yellow palm is based on scenes gathered from Palestine street, Bagdad, ...

    an uncivilised savage, who is uncooperative and is unwilling to agree to a pause in the conflict. This personification excellently creates a vision in the reader?s mind of a sun which is shining down on the backs of the civilians all day long, which could be almost as unbearable as the physical conflict itself.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work