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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, is not in the poem, either. After considering some synonyms for the word and rereading the poem, probably the best definition of compromise which applies to this poem is cooperation.
Six hundred men rode bravely into battle, saying “Forward, the Light Brigade!” Unfortunately, in the second stanza of the poem, it becomes clear that this was a battle they should not have entered and probably will not win.
Was there a man dismayed?Not though the soldier knewSomeone had blundered.Theirs not to make reply,Theirs not to reason why,Theirs but to do and die.Into the valley of DeathRode the six hundred.
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