the charge of the light brigade

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  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
    • Alfred Tennyson
      • one of the greatest poets of Victorian era
      • he was poet Laureate
        • Queen Vic would have seen his work
      • wrote the oem as a tribute to the men who died in the battle
    • Structure & Form
      • Regular relentless rhythm creates fast pace
        • "Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward"
        • sounds like galloping of horses
          • gives impression horses are unstoppable
      • lack of rhyme scheme reflects chaos of war
      • simple language so can be understood by all
    • Reality of war
      • personification
        • "mouth of hell" and "jaws of death"
          • makes russians seem like monsters they can't escape from
            • ominous mood
      • onomatopoeic verbs
        • "volley'd" and "thunder'd"
          • noises from canons
        • sounds create vivid, noisy, hellish environment
      • biblical reference
        • "valley of death"
          • ominous mood
    • patriotism
      • “Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die”
        • obedience and sense of duty, even though they know they will probably die
      • “Rode the six hundred”
        • one group, united and ready to fight for their country
      • heroic language
        • adverbs like “Boldy” and “Charging” show bravery
          • presented as heroes so the world would recognise and appreciate their sacrifice
          • newspapers critical of the War, this poem focuses on the bravery of the soldiers, not the leaders mistakes.


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