The Charge of the Light Brigade

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  • The Charge of the Light Brigade
    • Form
      • Third person
      • Regular relentless rhythm
      • Rhyming couplets and triplets
      • Broken and half rhymes
    • Structure
      • Stanzas 1-3: charge
      • Chronological
      • Stanza 4: battle
      • Stanza 5: retreat
      • Stanza 6: honour their memory
    • Context
      • Moved to write poem after reading report of disaster
      • Reflects national mood
      • Popular because of heroism and unflinching courage of men who simply obeyed orders
    • Quotes
      • "Into the valley of Death/Rode the six hundred"
      • "'Forward, the Light Brigade!'/Was there a man dismay'd?/Not tho' the soldier knew/Some one had blunder'd"
      • "Theirs not to make reply,/Theirs not to reason why,/Theirs but to do and die"
      • "Cannon to right of them/Cannon to left of them/Cannon in front of them"
      • "Storm'd at with shot and shell/Boldly the rode and well"
      • "All the world wonder'd"
      • "Reeled from the sabre-stroke/Shatter'd and sunder'd"
      • "When can their glory fade?"
      • "Honour the charge they made!/Honour the Light Brigade"
      • "Then they rode back, but not/Not the six hundred"


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