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

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

Extracts from this document...


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.

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


    of reality; that is, its ability to integrate them and treat them as if they were parts of the literary event. This simply reflects the fact that literature is language. But it is language used in a restricted way, language subservient to literariness, language with one major rule that overrides

  2. WW1 peotry coursework

    The tone is very positive toward men joining up for the war. It also makes women who read this make their men join up so their husbands could sound strong and brave. It also makes the men seem if they join up that they are fearless.

  1. Charge of the Light Brigade

    In the same stanza Scott shows how the drum has a dark and menacing air about it. "Lures from cities and from fields". The world lures has many dark connotations and instantly gives the reader a negative opinion of the drum.

  2. Light Brigade Essay

    In Tennyson's poem the British soldiers is described as "noble," confident and "fearless" but in Wilfred Owen's poem the British soldiers are described as weary, wounded, "choking," "drowning," and helpless. Owen forces the reader into obscenity of war because when the reader reads this poem it puts horrific images into their heads about the British soldiers suffering "like old beggars."

  1. Poetry comparision-charge light brigade and anthem for doomed yuoth

    Wilfred's poem is very descriptive because he is trying to get a message across to the reader. Furthermore, Tennyson's poem uses a lot of metaphors and uses them effectively as to why it is a narrative. Anthem Of Doomed Youth is a poem that is written in depth.

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

    Tennyson writes of the heroism that he believes "The Light Brigade" deserve. He calls them "The Noble Six hundred" which he obviously believes they deserve to be called. Kipling on the other hand tells of how Tennyson's words have damaged the soldiers.

  1. Compare and contrast two different media treatment of the Charge of the Light Brigade..

    Notice that the statement, " Some one had blunder'd" is again anonymous as were the commands. Tennyson then goes on to write, " Their's not to make reply, Their's not to reason why, Their's but to do and die: Into the valley of Death, Rode the six hundred."

  2. Predictability of Surprise.

    Junichiro uses this simple element of surprise several times throughout his novel, including both the death of Itakura and the discovery of Taeko's pregnancy by Sachiko. The reader must then read on to find out the outcome of the situation.

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