The Charge of the Light Brigade

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The poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" uses imagery and figurative language to create the tone of exhilaration and the theme of honouring the qualities of the Light Brigade. The poem is an allusion to an actual light cavalry brigade who fought against the Russian army in the Crimean War. Throughout the poem, the poet uses strong imagery and metaphors to help describe the dangers that the Brigade faced, which in turn explained the reason to honour the Brigade for their victory. Furthermore, the writer uses the imagery and other figures of speech to set the tone in the poem. In addition, the poets use of rhyme scheme with the repetition of statements and words puts emphasis on certain lines which in turn provides development for the…show more content…
The strong verbs like "reeled", "shattered", and "sundered" gives a clear image of Brigade and Russian forces fighting with their sabres. Finally, in the mind the image of the Brigade avoiding bullets and artillery when the writer describes their rush by using the lines "Volleyed and thundered / Stormed at with shot and shell." is vivid and full. By using imagery and other figures of speech, the poet gives a vivid image of the Brigade charging with bullets flying all around them and then fighting the Russian forces with swords and all the other dangers that the Brigade faced.
The tone of the poem is that of exhilaration, the heat of the battle. Throughout the poem, he gives examples of dangerous situations and events that the Brigade gets into providing exhilaration to the battle. An example of the exhilaration of the battle was when the Brigade "plunged in the battery-smoke". A battery is a fortification that has heavy weapons to destroy the target and when they plunge into the "battery-smoke" they are plunging into the area where the battery had fired a weapon which is incredibly dangerous and exciting. The tone of exhileration is that the determination and strength of these soldiers in the face of tremendous danger are admirable qualities and
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