English: Charge of the Light Brigade Key Points

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  • Charge of the Light Brigade
    • Repetition
      • Repetition of cannon
        • Stress is placed on it as it's the first word of the line
        • Onomatopoeia - short and sharp syllable followed by softer one
        • As if the soldiers are surrounded
    • Structure
      • Regular line length and rhythm
        • Seamless, robotic and mechanical
      • Verbs are placed at the beginning of lines to convey the stress and action
        • Especially in stanza 4, where the action peaks
        • Plunged, flash'd, reel'd
    • Personification
      • The valley is personified, making it seem as though death is inescapable
        • Jaws of death
        • Mouth of hell
    • Ideas about patriotism
      • Told that the soldiers were 'noble' and worthy of honour
      • Justifies their sacrifice
      • 'When can their glory fade?' could be sarcastic, as the events which have been described are not glorious - many have died
    • Form
      • Narrated in 3rd person, making it seem like a nursery rhyme or story
        • Trivializes their death
        • Regular line length and rhythm
          • Seamless, robotic and mechanical

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