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Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade, I will be looking at it in respect to a sense of patriotism.

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THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE SENSE OF PATRIOTISM Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade.' the Charge of the Light Brigade occurred during the Crimean War at the battle of Balaclava. The Light brigade of the British army, consisting not more than 670 men, was ordered to charge the well armed Russian troops standing in front and on both the sides of Light Brigade. Though the soldiers knew that they were almost certainly facing death, they obeyed the order and went to fight for their country. The charge lasted twenty five minutes. It left two thirds of the English soldiers slain and wounded. Only 195 men were left above Tennyson's commemorations of the British troop's dauntless obedience to orders on the battlefield. ...read more.

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This describes them as valiant and strong. As the poem goes on we find out the true horrific details of the battle. 'Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volleyed and thundered.' In these lines Tennyson praises the dauntless nature of the British soldiers who belonged to the Light Brigade. As soon as the soldiers received an order to charge Russian gunners, they advanced cheerfully in the midst of shots and shells. Even though they were under intense pressure they advanced showing exceptional merit of will and firmness of mind to discharge their duty. The repetition of these lines shows that death was imminent. In spite of the terrible firing of the guns, the brave six hundred rode very boldly into that hellish firing leading to death. ...read more.

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The whole world wondered. Let us therefore, honour the brave Light Brigade of the noble six hundred. We should love our country at any cost. We should be ready for sacrifice to save the honour of our country. If any order is given to discharge our duty for the sake of our country we should carry it out with unflinching discipline. The charge of the Light Brigade, places before us various standards of morality, courage, duty, heroism and patriotism. We must have true patriotism and love for our country. William Russell, the Times Correspondent saw the battle off on that fatal charge and he published the report on how 670 men flew against 30 guns of the Russians into the flood of fire on both the sides and scattered them like chaff. Tennyson tries to show us it calls to honour where honour is due. Thus the poem is a great tribute to man's courage. ...read more.

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