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The Charge Of The Light Brigade.

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The Charge Of The Light Brigade. During 1854, war broke out between the Allies, Britain and France, and Russia. This was because Britain and France feared Russia would spread southwards into Turkey after the Turkish Empire collapsed. The Allies landed in Crimea, in southern Russia, and besieged Sebastopol. During this war, a British cavalry commander mistook his orders, and told his men to charge the main Russian position in a valley on horse brigade, with swords against cannons. Alfred Tennyson read a newspaper report by W. H. Russel in the Times, and very quickly, possibly due to emotion, he wrote his poem called The Charge Of The Light Brigade. Due to the fact that Alfred Tennyson was not at the war, and he got his information from a newspaper article, Tennyson's poem contains extracts from the article. For example, in the report, W. H. Russel writes: through clouds of smoke we could see their sabres flashing. Also, in Tennyson's poem he writes: flashed as they turned in air, sabring the gunners there. This extract Tennyson used also represents Russel's: cutting down the gunners as they stood. Another example, is that in the report it reads: when the flank fire of the batteries on the hill. ...read more.

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believe, is saying that it is not the soldiers place to question the decision of brigadiers, but to perform duties ordered and if necessary die for their country. The verse ends with: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred Which shows that is what they did. The repetition of theirs emphasise their duties being only to die for their country. It is on line four of verse two when it can be seen a mistake has been made, when it reads: someone had blundered. Not as significant as the repetition of the soldier's duties, there is still repetition of the brigade riding into doom as in verse one in: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. In verse three, the verse begins with repetition, in: Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them. This quote is full of repetition, of cannon, and the positions of the cannons. The strong impression caused by this repetition is of the soldiers being surrounded by cannon fire, and not being able to see anything else. Tennyson, in this verse used lots of verbs, verbs such as volleyed, thundered, and stormed. ...read more.

Conclusion

These lines are significant because this is the first point during the poem, at which we hear of death of members of the light brigade. Also, the repetition of the word not emphasises the fact that these lines have actually been lost. Verse five is very similar to verse three, I believe this is because it gives the poem symmetry. Verse four was a verse referring to death, which is a very negative subject to come from this charge. To give symmetry, the negative verse is surrounded by verses three and five which focus on the good points of the charge. Verse three is about braveness going into the valley. Verse five mirrors verse three and shows the outcome, which is some surviving against all of the odds. Verbs are once again used a lot in verse five, to add action to the piece. Verse six begins with a rhetorical question, which is: When can their glory fade? This use of rhetorical questioning once again involves the reader, and it shows and possibly persuades the reader that their glory will never fade. I believe Tennyson's attitude towards the Light Brigade is great respect of their bravery. This is because he is ordering the reader to: Honour the charge they made Honour the Light Brigade, Which I believe is his belief, that they deserve respect. Marc Curtis 11p ...read more.

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