Literary Analysis of "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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Alex West DeAnn Chasarik English IV December 17, 2012 “The Charge of the Light Brigade” “Theirs not to make reply/Theirs not reason why/Theirs but to do and die”(Tennyson 13-15). One of the most famous poems in the history of literature, written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, spoke about the Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War (1854-1856), a historical event. The Charge of the Light Brigade tells the story of a brigade consisting of 600 soldiers heading into a battle foreshadowed to be a massacre. Alfred, Lord Tennyson conveys an image of heroism, bravery, determination, and perserverance toward the 600 soldiers; the reader can infer from the text that the soldiers were knowing of their imminent fate and accepted it without fear of death. The author is constantly foreshadowing events that are soon to come in the poem, often by the use of repition to help the reader understand the feeling of the whole situation. “Half a league, half a league,/Half league onward”(Tennyson 1-2). I believe that Tennyson started with a repeating phrase for the purpose of creating the story’s mood later on; repitition of the phrase reveals to the reader that the speaker is exhausted. Another example of repitition, “Into the valley of Death/Rode the six hundred”(Tennyson 7-8). Tennyson foreshadows the fate of the six hundred soldiers by creating visual imagery for the reader, describing the valley with the word “Death”. The author, Tennyson, foreshadows events and conveys a deeper meaning with the repitition of phrases/words in order to help the reader understand the feeling of the situation. To inform the reader of the soldier’s heroism and bravery in battle, Tennyson frequently uses metaphors such as "jaws of Death" (Tennyson 22) to describe the Russian army, the "valley of Death" (Tennyson 7) to
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