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The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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Rhodri Fussell 11S English Coursework The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light brigade was a tragic battle, four hundred people died from one small mistake of picking the wrong valley to go down. The six hundred and seventy three soldiers got out numbered, caught by surprise in Balaclava. There were " Canons to the right of them, Canons to the left of them and cannons behind them," They knew they were going to die but their hopes did not die they were stuck in there and the only thing to do was fight with pride and honour. The first stanza starts of by saying " Half a league, Half a league, Half a league onwards." ...read more.


"Some one had blundered." It was a tragic mistake, he is hinting at a mistake but he is not blaming anyone specifically. "Theirs not to make a reply Theirs not to reason why Theirs but to do and die." They had to do what the commanders told them to, they had great respect for them no question even if they did not like the strategy. It was their duty to take orders. Fight and die! The Third Stanza starts by saying, "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, "Cannons in front of them." He is telling us where they were being shot from they did not stand a chance they did not have the ammunition. ...read more.


They were going to be slaughtered and most of them knew that yet they still fought with spirit. In the fifth stanza at the end of it they use personification " came through the Jaws of Death, back from the mouth of hell, All that was left of them, left of six hundred" it carries a lot of tension when you read it. It uses personification when it says Jaws of Death, mouth of hell, he is describing where they will die, the killing ground. In the sixth stanza Tennyson says " When will their glory fade" they are very patriotic, they would do any thing for their country. The idea of it brings glory but really it is a terrible and horrific nightmare. Tennyson writes this poem as a patriotic poem that describes honour. These men who fought should never be forgotten. 1 ...read more.

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