War in the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade Essay

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War in the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade

“The Charge of the Light Brigade” is about battle and the death of soldiers, and the experience of war. Tennyson´s poem celebrates the glory of war, despite the fact that, because of an error of judgment someone had blundered, six hundred soldiers were sent to their death.

The first verse starts in the middle of the action as Cardigan the commander, gives the order to charge. “Forward the light brigade charge for the gun.” This gives a sense of the excitement of the galloping horses in the cavalry charge, and sweeps the reader along,
Tennysons then uses noble sounding euphemisms like “into the valley of death” to describe the fate that awaits these men. He does not convey
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Tennyson then tells us that the men were hit with shot and shell, commenting on the thunderous noises that were made by the volleying cannons. Then at the end of the verse Tennyson tells us how the soldiers are riding to their death. “Into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell rode the six hundred”

In the fourth verse, Tennyson tells us the light brigade have
“Plunged in the battery-smoke, Right thro' the line they broke.” This speeds up the line and makes it sound more exhilarating for the reader. Tennyson then explains the soldiers retreating by saying,

“Then they rode back but not the six hundred.”

In the fifth verse Tennyson explains the cannons firing at the men. He also tells us that the men are heroes, but are losing their lives rapidly; we know this when he says, “While horse and hero fell.”
Throughout the verse Tennyson explains that they are so brave and have fought so well. We know this when Tennyson explains, “they had fought so well.” “They came back from the mouth of hell, all that was left of them left of the six hundred.”

In the final verse Tennyson makes a feeling of heroism towards the soldiers I can tell this when he says, “Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light brigade,
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