Analysis Of The Poem ' The ' Of The Light Brigade ' By Kenneth Slessor

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Speech Draft War Poetry “Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” Like movies, novels and music, poems are texts that people use to reflect on their lives and experiences. Poems can have an impact on people’s thinking, not only through the things they might say to their readers, but through the discussions that readers have with each other about poems. I truly agree with this statement and believe that it accurately describes how people can reflect on their lives after reading poems. I chose the genre of war poetry, as it is one of the most successful, it captivates the reader, with either glorious and courageous events or tragedy and loss resulting from war. Today I will be comparing two poems, both relating to war but from different time periods; they are ‘Beach Burial’, by Kenneth Slessor, written In 1944 during the Modern Era, and ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson written in 1854 during the Victorian Era. Alfred Lord Tennyson, author of “Charge of the Light Brigade” was born in 1809 in Lincolnshire England, during the Victorian Era. Tennyson had what could be called a chaotic childhood, with his father taking out his anger and disappointment out on his kids and wife. This chaotic upbringing could have influenced why he wrote poems about madness, murder, estrangements and social climbing. It is perceived that Tennyson wrote the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ as a result of his fascination with the

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