“The Charge of the Light Brigade”- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Alfred Lord Tennyson was born in 1809 and died in 1892 at the age of 83. Tennyson was a very popular poet during the 18th Century and he is still is today, his popular poems include; ‘The lady of Shallot’ and ‘Morte D’ Arthur’. “The charge of the Light Brigade” became very well known. It was even known to the British troops, it was also used as a song.
Tennyson’s poem is about the Crimean war that occurred in 1854. It tells us that the soldiers where very brave and honourable and many sacrificed their lives for us. The poem makes us remember how scared and worried they must have been during the war. Not knowing if they would ever see their family and friends ever again. Alfred set the poem out in quite an unusual way. There are six stanzas and all of them are different lengths. Tennyson has used multiple rhyming patterns. There is a range from rhyming couplets, rhyming triplets, alternative rhyming such as ‘While horse and hero fell, They that had fought so well’. Tennyson has made the rhythm of the poem fit in with war as it echoes galloping horses throughout.
Tennyson uses quite a lot of alliteration and rhetorical questions. ‘When can their glory fade?’ This makes the reader think, by doing this it interests and attracts the reader. ‘Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon behind them’, this is a device of repetition, repetition is very affective as it makes a point of just how many weapons and threats were going on around them. Personification is an excellent language device, Tennyson uses it a lot as it emphasises just how scary or dangerous it is ‘into the jaws of