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Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Charge of the Light Brigade By Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade is a poem written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. At the time, he was Poet Laureate to Queen Victoria. It was written in October 1854, during the Crimean war which was when the British and French went to fight with Turkey against the Russians and the Cossacks, The poem is about the British cavalry, who were in the Light Brigade, who died at the Battle of Balaclava. Who were told to charge on a Russian outpost, but the information was wrong and marched at the main guns. The poem was written to celebrate the bravery of the 600 soldiers who died at the battle. In the first stanza, the order has been given to charge.. the exclamation mark emphasises this. "Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!" Repetition is used to highlight important points, it repeats the distance travelled. "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward," "Into the valley of death" This is an emotive line, as all the men later died in the battle. ...read more.


"Cannon to right of them Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them" Alliteration is used "Storm'd at with shot and shell" This shows that they were bombarded by several types of ammunition, guns and cannon fire. But still they carried on, despite the fire. "Boldly they rode and well" "Into the jaws of death, Into the mouth of hell" It continues from the line before, saying they were riding to their death, this is also very emotive, Mouth of hell being the feeling of being in hell, with the fire and gun smoke. It is also very emotive, because of the strong words used in that section. In the fourth stanza, They reach some of the gunners, and they begin fighting. "Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air, Sabring the gunners there," Rhyming is used in this part. "All the world wonder'd" This says that people didn't know what was happening. ...read more.


In stanza 3, they were entering the "Jaws of death" and "the mouth of hell." And in this stanza, they are coming back out. But very few of the six hundred survived. In stanza 6, the writer is honouring the light brigade, who were brave to for dying and should be honoured. "Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!" Rhyming was used also in that section. The writer wanted the reader to feel that the soldiers had no choice about going into battle, and that they were brave in fighting for their lives, knowing, they would probably not return. I feel that they were right at the time, in thinking they were doing the right thing, as they were just following orders and were fighting for their country, but many lives were lost because of the wrong information being given to them. This poem shows that Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wanted people to know the horrific reality of war and what it does to innocent lives. But they will go to any lengths to serve their country. ...read more.

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