"Cannon To Right Of Them, Cannon To Left Of Them"

Context: Tennyson uses these lines twice in the poem dealing with the battle of Balaklava (1854) to emphasize the strength of the enemy force and the advantage of their location in the valley; these combined to make a nearly hopeless military situation for the attacking Light Brigade, most of whom were killed in the charge. "They that had fought so well / Came thro' the jaws of Death,/ Back from the mouth of hell,/ All that was left of them,/ Left of six hundred." The certain doom presented by this massed artillery is well represented by the poet:

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them,
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell,
Rode the six hundred.