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The Charge of The Light Brigade

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Claire Luvera

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The Charge of The Light Brigade
By Claire Luvera

Poetry Assignment
What is the subject of the poem?
What is: the atmosphere, mood and tone of the poem
What techniques has the poet used in this poem?
Personal Response
My poem is very emotional because the poem starts off really dramatic, when the poet writes “Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die, Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.” He states that there is a hopelessness to the situation and that 600 have no other option but to ride “into the valley of hell”. To contradict my first statement, however, towards the end of the poem, the poet starts to write about the soldiers left of the 600 and how brave they were. “Honor the charge they made! Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!” that makes me happy because i imagine myself in their position and think about how proud of myself i would be if i survived.
The poet has used many imagery words to bring pictures to suit the words of the poem. He has used many metaphors such as "The mouth of Hell" and "into the jaws of Death". The poet has gotten the reader to feel how he felt when he wrote this poem and i think he must of been feeling pretty emotional. The poet also had many repetitive lines in the poem that i think the was trying to make his meaning of the poem clear.
I first heard a part of the poem in a movie and I was intrigued by the lyrics, so I searched up the poem and I loved the rest of it. The poem is has a very strong meaning to me, I feel deeply sorry for the soldiers that had to fight in The Battle of Balaclava because they knew they were going to die and they couldn’t do anything about it, they just had to follow orders and do as they were told. I think the poet has gotten his message across to readers using the depth of his words but also the simplicity and honesty in them as well.
Language Of Poetry
Is it written in a Particular form?
What is the structure of the poem?
This is the glossary that I have constructed using some of the poetry terms we've used throughout this topic.
This poem is a ballad as it consists of a simple narrative and flows in a way that could be adapted for singing. It also has many rhyming couplets and many repetitive metaphors, such as "into the jaws of death and into the mouth of hell". It possesses many visually descriptive words that enable to allow the reader to think about the scenery. The poem also has a distinctive rhythm in the pattern of the words, if read in time and with proper punctuation, it sounds like horses running.

Language of Poetry Meaning of Word(s)
-A poem or song narrating a story in short stanzas.
-A poem of fourteen lines using any of a number of formal rhyme schemes, in English typically having ten syllables per line.
-A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.
Free verse
-Poetry that does not rhyme or have a regular meter.
Blank verse-
Verse without rhyme, esp. that which uses iambic pentameter.
Visually descriptive or figurative language, esp. in a literary work: "Tennyson uses imagery to create a lyrical emotion".
-A figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, (e.g., as brave as a lion).
A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
-An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words
-In poetry, the repetition of the sound of a vowel or diphthong in no rhyming stressed syllables (e.g., penitence, reticence).
-The formation of a word from sound associated with what is named (e.g., cuckoo, sizzle).
-Correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry
-A strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound.
Rhyming couplets
-A couplet is a pair of lines of meter in poetry. It usually consists of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter.
The poem has six stanzas, 2 of the stanzas have nine lines in them, and the other four have 6 lines, 8 lines, 11 lines and 12 lines. The poem has a good flow, some lines in some of the stanzas don’t rhyme as well as the others. Most of the rhyming in the poem tends to occur in either the end of the first phrase of the end of the third; and they generally rhyme with each other.

The Charge Of The Light Brigade
By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854
Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay’d?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Someone had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & 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.
Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
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.
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
The subject of the poem is the Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854. The poet re-creates the bravery that the English saw shine out of the English Soldiers that battled against the Russians and Cossacks in particular because they were infamous warriors that rode on horses and fought in many other battles as well as Balaclava, Alfred Lord Tennyson re-created those events in a now , world recognized poem.
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