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To compare 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' with 'The Destruction of Sennacherib'

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To compare 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' with 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' In this essay we are going to be comparing two war poems. They are 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) and 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' by Lord Byron (1788-1824). 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' is set in the Crimean war. It is about the British cavalry getting the wrong orders and going straight at the enemy's cannons. 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' is a biblical story. The story tells us about a whole army being wiped out really quickly as they slept by the 'Angel of Death'. The first poem we are going to look at is 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). ...read more.

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This tells us that the Russians had the British cavalry surrounded with cannons and were going to fire them as quickly as they could so they could kill as many soldiers as they could before they got to the Russian front line. At the end of the poem, in the last verse Tennyson wrote 'Honour the charge they made, Honour the light brigade, Noble six hundred'. This tells us that in some way Tennyson wanted people to look at the Light Brigade as heroes. Now we are going to look at the second war poem 'The destruction of Sennacherib' by Lord Byron (1788-1824). This poem is a biblical story. The battle took place in Mesopotamia (roughly where Iraq is now). ...read more.

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The poet is glad that the Assyrian army is wiped out as the Jews would have no chance against them. The two poems are alike in some ways but not in others. They are both about armies getting killed. Both poems are written in different ways. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' uses a complex rhyming scheme while 'The Destruction of Sennacherib' uses more simple AA BB pattern which is used in children's poetry. In summary I would say that I prefer 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' as if I was going to read one of these two poems, that would be the one. Tennyson admires the soldiers' courage for going into battle and not questioning their orders. I also think this was brave as they knew that they would probably not come back alive. Jack Cheetham English Poetry Coursework ?? ?? ?? ?? Jack Cheetham English coursework ...read more.

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