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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Repetition is a technique that many poets use to great effect. Some of the reasons poets use repetition are to enhance the lyricism of the poem, to create cohesion within the poem, and to reinforce...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 4:50 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” relates the heroic actions of a military unit during war. The error was made by the higher-ranking officers, but the lower-ranking cavalrymen had no real choice...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 5:42 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred, Lord Tennyson, wrote the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" shortly after reading about the Battle of Balaklava in Crimea in 1854. In this battle, a mistaken order sent hundreds of...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2016 4:35 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The single most important line in the poem is "someone had blundered." It is a commentary on strategic and bureaucratic incompetence not merely a simple-minded glorification of soldiers.

Latest answer posted November 29, 2012 10:40 am UTC

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A blunder is a mistake, and a careless one. It’s caused by someone not paying enough attention or overlooking important details, and this is exactly what happened to the “Light Brigade” of the...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2018 12:17 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The six hundred men of the Light Brigade were not dismayed, that is, disheartened or intimidated, by the awesome odds against them and the risks they were taking by riding recklessly into a barrage...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2016 1:44 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" is set in the Crimean War and is a testament to the heroic bravery of a group of men who fought in this particular battle. These six hundred men found themselves...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 11:08 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

You would do well to read through this famous and excellent poem yourself to identify the fight scene. This occurs in the fourth stanza, and pay attention to how the diction (word choice)...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 5:01 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of the UK at the time of its writing, is a narrative poem which extols the bravery of the Brigade, while it also subtly...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2014 3:51 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The excitement and courage is suggested through imagery, short lines and stanzas that create a fast pace, as well as use of rhyme to create a musical rhythm. Most of the solders in “The Charge of...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2014 12:47 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" commemorates the doomed charge of the British light cavalry on a heavily fortified position during the Battle of Balaclava (part of the Crimean War). This...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2019 6:37 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" is a poem intended to commemorate and honor those that fought and died during the Light Brigade's charge in the Battle of Balaclava. With that in mind, there is...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2021 11:55 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The soldiers of the Light Brigade have been given the suicidal order to charge the Russian guns. They do so without a moment's hesitation. Why? Because "Theirs is not to reason why, / Theirs is but...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019 6:15 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

I think one could certainly make the argument that the poem does glorify war. Analysis of the poet's word choice backs up this interpretation. Although the speaker uses phrases like "mouth of hell"...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 11:15 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The answer to this question is going to depend on a few variables. The wording of the question could indicate that it is asking for the number of soldiers in the brigade and the number of soldiers...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2019 5:08 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred, Lord Tennyson wrote "The Charge of the Light Brigade" on December 2, 1854, and published it in the December 9, 1854 volume of The Examiner. The subject of the poem is a charge by a brigade...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2016 11:09 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

In Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," the gunfire that was directed toward the charging British cavalry is described as killing most of them. We learn that there are six hundred...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 1:12 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

What happened to the Light Brigade as they rode back is pretty much the same as what happened to them when they rode out: they were assailed on all sides by Russian guns: Cannon to right of them,...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 5:18 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

"The Charge of the Light Brigade," Tennyson's iconic poem memorializing a suicidal British cavalry assault at the Battle of Balaclava, which occurred during the Crimean War, does refer to a...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020 12:56 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" immortalized a single battle from a war that is now largely forgotten: the Crimean War, a conflict in which Britain, France, and the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2016 7:12 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

"The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson pays tribute to a historic battle in the Crimean War fought between Russia and Britain in 1854. Due to miscommunication among British...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 10:03 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" itself doesn't necessarily help us understand significant political developments in Europe in the nineteenth century, but reading the poem can encourage...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 12:25 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The famous poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson was inspired by a real incident that took place in 1854 during the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War. The British,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 6:18 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Six hundred men in the Light Brigade rode into what the speaker calls the valley of Death because so many of them were to die there that day. Apparently these soldiers did, indeed, know that...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 5:48 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Tennyson uses lots of examples of repetition throughout this poem. In the first three stanzas, for example, he repeats the phrase "Rode the six hundred." The repetition of this phrase emphasizes...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 3:10 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The famous poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson tells of members of the British cavalry charging without hesitation into overwhelming enemy fire. The poem is based on an...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2019 3:06 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

I searched everywhere for you! I went to Roger Whittaker's website and couldn't find even any mention of a song about the Charge of the Light Brigade. I searched all the major lyrics websites to no...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 11:42 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Discussing the nature of popular patriotism in England, and its lack of overt militarism, George Orwell made the point that: The most stirring battle-poem in English is about a brigade of cavalry...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 6:49 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

In "The Charge of the Light Brigade," Tennyson manages to find something positive in a notorious military disaster. The eponymous charge took place during the Crimean War when, because of a...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2020 12:24 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

SOUND--comparison with slideshow Composer Gioachino Rossini's William Tell Overture, specifically, the The Finale, often referred to as the "March of the Swiss Soldiers," has been parodied in such...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2014 11:32 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

As the six hundred brave soldiers of the light brigade charge, they are attacked on three sides with cannon fire: from the right, the left, and the front. They have nowhere to hide but must keep on...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 9:38 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

This poem is actually based on historical events, and its subject matter is the charge of British soldiers into enemy territory in southern Crimea during the Crimean War. Literally, the British...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 8:38 pm UTC

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The five lines that describe the overwhelming power of the guns that were fired at the Light Brigade are repeated twice, both to describe what the soldiers were up against when they charged the...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 2:47 pm UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Let's start with the first line just to get a feel for the rhythm: Half a league, half a league, If you read that slowly, you can probably hear that you stress the word half more than the other...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 5:14 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Yes, the poem makes it clear that the soldiers are aware of the danger they are in. In stanza two, we are told that in giving the order to charge, someone had "blundered." Nevertheless, although...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2019 2:10 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

At the beginning of stanza 3, Tennyson repeats the word cannon three times as follows: Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them. The repetition of the same...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 12:11 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

In this poem, the Light Brigade has received orders to charge forward into a valley. Six hundred men obediently comply with orders because their role is "not to reason why" but simply to "do and...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2019 1:09 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The word "compromise" does not appear in Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade." In fact, the common concept of the word, which is to settle a dispute by mutual concession,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2013 1:41 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The first phrase Tennyson uses to describe the danger into which the cavalrymen are riding is "Into the valley of Death." This phrase is first used in the opening stanza of the poem and is used...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021 10:59 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Tennyson's poem is often considered typical of the chauvinistic attitude that glorifies war. Its focus is upon the bravery of the men of the Light Brigade, after a military error that sends them...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020 4:14 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

I think it's important to make a distinction in the "positive" aspects of war that are conveyed in this poem. While the men show great bravery (and that's certainly positive), the overall effect of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2020 1:34 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

Building on number 2, you could include some focus on the effect of the events described in "The Charge of the Light Brigade" such as what happened next. You can give names and histories to the...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2011 7:22 am UTC

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

In the second stanza of the poem, the word "blundered" indicates that some mistake has been made. The narrator asks if any of the men who made up the Light Brigade, a group that fought in the...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2019 12:40 pm UTC

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