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

GCSE War Poem

Extracts from this document...


GCSE War Poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "For the Fallen", are both poems about war. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" written by Alfred Tennyson on 14th November 1854, describes an event in the Crimean war. Britain and France were concerned that Russia may power southwards, so they attacked Russia at Balaclava. "For the Fallen," was written by Laurence Binyon on September 1914, during the war with the intention of showing the reader the reality of war, in particular, Binyon takes a non-biased approach, demonstrating positive and negative consequences, of dying for one's country. The two poems are similar because in both, the soldiers are brave and prepared when going to war and portray the soldiers as heroes. The differences are "For the Fallen" was written in the past tense and "Charge of the Light Brigade" is written in the present. In addition, Tennyson's poem has a lot of action in it but Binyon's poem is a view of soldiers after they die. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" is about 600 men who charged into an ambush of Russian and Cossack cannons. This happened because the commander mistook orders and told the men to charge into the Russian main base. ...read more.


"Stormed at with shot and shell, as horse and hero fell". This shows the soldiers great loss and weariness as they exit and do not attack. Tennyson's repetition o the attack again emphasizes the loss of men and their pride. "All that was left of them left of six hundred". The first line (before the comma) makes us think about how many soldiers have died; but the slow pace and repetition shows us the pride and honour of the soldiers. Stanza six is about the dead or alive soldiers who fought in the battle. The stanza questions their bravery, honour and pride and also how they will be remembered as patriots. The repetition of "Honour" in the last stanza, gives a strong effect resembling the sacrifice the Light Brigade had made. It demands honour from the reader. Rhyme is used to emphasize whatever is being said: "Forward the light brigade! Was there a man dismayed?" The rhetorical question and the rhyme strongly question the non-response of the soldiers. Tennyson uses irregular line lengths and a quick pace in stanza 4 to show how the Light Brigades have no control over the battle. "Cossack and Russian Reeled from the saber-stroke" As you can see enjambment is also being use here, which makes the line lengths more irregular. ...read more.


"As the stars are known to the night". This comparison is saying how long they will live, just like the stars in the sky. The last stanza shows how the soldiers will be alive when we are dead: "As the stars that will be bright when we are dust" The brightness of stars also represents the soldiers. "As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness." This shows that the soldiers will shine when we are in trouble. Binyon uses caesura to emphasize the point he is trying to put through. "They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old". This is emphasizing how we are going to get old and they are not. Binyon uses a slow pace because there is no action just feelings and opinions. The rhyme of this poem is slow, which resembles a funeral. Binyon uses free verse because it agrees with the way we feel for the soldiers. We feel honour, glory, depression and happiness in turn. I believe, that both the poems have a true view of war. They are just told in different ways and times. Tennyson looks at the soldiers from the way they fought but Binyon looks at the soldiers as people who gave the biggest sacrifice. Either way, they both look at the soldiers as heroes who will live forever. Page 1 of 5 ...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


    I find it in Frederic Jameson's double allegiance to Marxist and psychoanalytic theory. I am alluding to his perceptive analysis of Balzac's La Vieille Fille (The Spinster). (4) The novel tells the melancholy tale of what the French language still calls an "old maid"--still desirable despite her mature years, but

  2. Compare and contrast The Charge of the Light Brigade by Tennyson with The last ...

    describes them as a charging army which In my opinion gives an impression of a well organised group. I think Kipling uses the term " desolate little cluster." As I think it gives an impression that the remaining survivors are almost huddling together for safety as a flock of penguins would do stay warm.

  1. "Hollow Men" Explication.

    And here comes a stage in which to protect the nudity, a choice of free-will (how ironic)

  2. The changing tradition of war poetry

    In the second stanza is shows that what you will tell your children, so it encourages the reader to sign up and doesn't want to feel like a coward when explaining to their children. In the third stanza is suggests what would happen if you didn't go to war that you would be labelled as a coward.

  1. How much of himself does Causley reveal in his poem 'Richard Bartlett'?

    He was "lugged" to the "Dispensary", where he was told that there was never "a chance of life" - showing you the availability of medical treatment in that time. The fact that it took him three hours to die tells you the pain and agony this aged man had to go through as well as confirming the underdeveloped medical availability.

  2. Compare Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” with Richardson’s cinematic presentation of ...

    Richardson uses three main aspects of cinematic techniques, these are the way in which he uses the camera angles, the music and the way he edits the scenes together. All these main subjects help produce a solid structure and to create a tense atmosphere at the beginning of the battle ready to charge into it later on in the film.

  1. A Soldier's Today and Tomorrow

    My mouth waters with anticipation as it waits for the order to journey from my brain to my hand, to transfer some of the glorious food from the table to my mouth. The hot steaming food fills my mouth and moves gracefully around. My tongue becomes excited by every taste.

  2. Light Brigade Essay

    The British in the Tennyson poem is known as ("Noble six hundred," "hero,") This means that Tennyson wrote this as though the British were the best and on Gods side and the Russians were on the devils side. In contrast to the "mouth of hell" the British army presented by

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