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"The Charge of The Light Brigade" Poem anaylisis "The Charge of The Light Brigade" was a poem written by Lord Alfred Tennyson in Nowember 1954. Tennyson got the job of Poet Laureate after the death of William Wordsworth in 1850, his job was to write poems on the signifcants of his country . He bases the poem on a brief report from "The Times" newspaper which was published on October 1954. Tennyson was a civilian and a arm chair patriot he wrote his poems from reports. The poem celebrates "The Light Brigade" bravery even though they were masacred by the Russian army because of a terrible military blunder caused by the Lord Raglan. ...read more.


Next follows "Rode the six hundred" as the light brigade consists of six hendred soldiers. "Charge for the guns he said" this is one of Cardigans commands. "Into the valley of death" is the next line and a repeat of the third, which is a metaphor, all the soldiers are inside the dangerous valley by this point in the poem. The last line of the first stanza "Rode the six hundred" is memorable as it is used throughout the poem. Cardigans order "Forward The Light Brigade" is used to start the second stanza it is repertition from the fifth line in the first stanza. Tennyson then uses a rhetorical question in his poem asking "Was there a man dismayed" he then answer himself "Not tho' the soldier knew, Some on had blundered". ...read more.


This makes it very difficult for the enemy to reposition their weapons and attack the advancing enemy. The following three lines of the stanza read "Their's not to make reply" "theirs not to reason why" "Their's but to do and die" Tennyson is telling the reader the strong hearted disipline what the 17th Lancers had, even though they knew someone had "blundered" they did not question, pass comment or criticise the order. Instead they carried out the command as it was their duty to do what their superior officer said. These three lines state the bravery and disicpline of The Light Brigade."Into the valley of death" "Rode the six hundred" are repitition from the 1st stanza. Tennyson as not only repeated himself but had Cardigans speech in both stanzas, this makes the poem more memorable. The third stanza begins ...read more.

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