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The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Brook

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Tennyson The essay will discus the different techniques used by Tennyson in two of his poems, The Charge of the Light Brigade and The Brook, both of which are very unalike. The two poems will be compared for the use of literary devises and the affect that they have on the reader. The first poem The Charge of the Light Brigade is a poem that is about an event that took place, which was the charging of six hundred soldiers in to a battlefield. We are told from the poem that all but a few of the six hundred died, and that it could have all been prevented if some one had not "...blunder'd". The second poem is of a river that is flowing through the countryside and about the journey it takes through the countryside to join the "Brimming River". We are informed of all the different landmarks and sights it passes. The main emphasis of the poem is that nature will continue to flourish where as men and women will come and go. The visual structure of both poems is very different, in that The Brook is made up of thirteen, four-line stanzas and has a regular structure to it. Where as The Charge of the Light Brigade is the exact antithesis of The Brook, as it is made up of 6 irregular stanzas and has no apparent structure to the layout of it. ...read more.


"The jaws of death...the mouth of Hell" two very abstract concepts that have been used by Tennyson to a terrifying and frightening quality of experience. Repetition has been used in both the poems, which shows the style in which Tennyson writes. The Brook has a lot of repetition in it, which has mainly been used in the personification of the poem. The word I has been used many time through out the poem. This portrayed the poem as being in first person, as if the poem was written by the river it self. The recurrence of the two lines " For men may come and men may go, but I go on for ever", has been used by Tennyson to emphasise that nature will continue to flourish long after man has been and gone. There is also a lot of repetition in The Charge of the Light Brigade, words such as "death" is frequently reoccurring through out the poem, mainly to emphasise the fact that these soldiers died in this tragic mistake. There is also a repetition of the line "Rode the six hundred" by the repetition of this line Tennyson is portraying the six hundred soldiers as being a heroic six hundred who died in vein. The use of rhyme and rhythm is clearly apparent in The Brook, however it is not so in The Charge of the Light Brigade. ...read more.


Tennyson uses the rhetorical question to invite the reader into the poem. Although he is inviting you in to the poem he is clear in that he is putting his view across to the reader. One of the questions he asks is "when can their glory fade?". By asking us this question he is showing us that he believes that these courageous men will never be forgotten and that there story will be told for generations to come. Overall the two poems were fairly successful in putting across Tennyson's views. In The Brook he is trying to give the impression to the reader of how nature will always prevail and continue to flourish long after man has gone. I believe that he has achieved this with they way he has used language to emphasise his views on the natural world. Although he has used similar techniques in both of his poems, he has tried to put across two totally different views to the reader. The Charge of the Light Brigade was an account of an event that he believed was a tragedy and something that should never have happened. He used different techniques through out the poem to portray the bravery and heroic demise of the six hundred men who charged in to a battlefield. ?? ?? ?? ?? Harjit Saggu Tennyson GCSE English Language - 1 - ...read more.

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