the charge of the light brigade - atructure and form

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  • The Charge Of The Light Brigade - Form and Structure
    • Structure
      • third person- Tennyson was writing on behalf of the soldiers. war is ubiquitous (everywhere) which universalises the message of the poem.
      • the enjambment creates an everlasting effect as the soldiers are gone and so their families would always be sad
      • the caesura in "they rode back, but not not the six hundred" creates tension as the reader won't know what is going to happen to the soldiers
      • the story is told in a chronological order. starts with a charge then the battle then retreat.
    • Form
      • elegy- which shows that we should feel grief and sorrow for the soldiers who have bravely fought in the war
      • lack of rhyme- emphasises mistake that has been made. also shows the chaos at war.
      • 6 numbered stanzas perhaps representing a portion of six hundred, or adds a sense of foreboding by suggesting the soldiers days are numbered
        • 6 stanzas of varying length, with the final stanza being the shortest(final commemorates soldiers outwardly). 4th is the longest-describes battle(frenzy of battle)
          • 4th stanza tells us of a brave attempt of outnumbered Calvalry to charge a line of guns and a waiting enemy army
          • 6th stanza is short, could signify brevity of the oung lives lost. perhaps aware that no matter how hard he tries, the "noble six hundred" will only be remembered for a short time if at all m
      • the regular rhythm creates a fast pace.
      • final stanza shorter than the others.- doesn't talk about war about hheroism

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