LORD ALFRED TENNYSON
- ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ was written in response to the atrocities the British troops faced, during the Crimean war.
- In October 1854, Lord Cardigan led a light troop of 670 soldiers. During the Battle of Balaclava, a horrific 110 soldiers were killed and 160 were wounded.
- The poem is about the miscommunication of Lord Cardigan.
- He told his light brigade to charge towards the guns of the Russians, when the actual message encouraged them to retreat.
- This mistake lead to a huge catastrophe for the light brigade and many soldiers lost their lives unnecessarily.
- Dimeter and dactylic
- A stressed syllable followed by two unstressed to two beats
- Repeating phrases and stanzas, reflecting the different stages of the battle.
- Rhythm and rhyme
- Controlled. Connotations of the military; beating drums, marching soldiers and galloping hooves.
- Sis stanzas
- Rhyming couplets
- Power of humans