The Charge Of The Light Brigade Analysis

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Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the “The Charge of the Light Brigade” on December 2nd, 1854, and it was then published on December 9th. This poem was written following the disastrous Battle of Balaklava, between the British Light Brigade forces and the Russian forces (Connors 3). Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote this poem to commemorate the lives lost, and it seems to be littered with Biblical allusions. Specifically, this poem has striking diction similarity to Psalm 23 from the King James Version of the Bible. This discovery spurs the question of whether Alfred Lord Tennyson was directly influenced by the Psalm, and if so, in what way?
“The Charge of the Light Brigade” was written when Lord Tennyson learned of the carnage at the decisive and devastating Battle of Balaklava for the British. The battle was initiated when the overall commander of British forces, Lord Raglan, ordered the Light Brigade to follow but not to attack the Russian enemy. Through the chain of command, this message was distorted and then one of the commanders, Lord Nolan, drove the final nail in the coffin as he ambiguously ordered the troops to seize the Russian guns “as he gestured in the general direction of both the hilltop redoubts and the adjacent valley” (Connors 2). The troops, confused by this order, followed their leader into battle since they knew it was not their place to argue. The ensuing battle led to the death of half of the Light Brigade (Connors 2). Due to this tragic event, the British people
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