Argue why the poem ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ glorifies war more than the speech from ‘Henry V’.

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Aspects of glorification are portrayed throughout both of the war themed texts ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ and ‘Act 3, Scene 1 – Henry V’; however, characteristics regarding linguistic and structural features infer that Tennyson’s poem, which is based on the Crimean war, glorifies conflict more than the extract from Shakespeare’s late 16th century play, regarding the famous Battle of Agincourt. Glory, the state of honour and nobility attained through notable achievements, is portrayed more strongly by Tennyson in order to depict a more pro-war attitude towards traditional battlefield conflict, than it is in Shakespeare’s play.

The poetic form of ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ provides the reader with a lyrical and graceful perception
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Tennyson’s poem, ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’, is written chronologically in order to aid the readers understanding of the order of events, whilst also emphasising the use of repetition in each of the stanzas. Tennyson’s poem uses repetition, each time with slight changes, in order to give the poem a clear chronological order; the final line in each of the poems stanzas is repeated with slight differences, each time promoting the progress of the soldiers in battle. Epistrophe is used to repeat the number ‘six hundred’ at the end of each stanza in order to portray the soldiers as a unified and committed force of noble soldiers. The use of repetition creates a sense of order throughout the poem depicting war as less chaotic than it is described by Henry V, somewhat glorifying war through its more positive portrayal. Henry’s speech uses brutal animalistic imagery through the use of personification such as Henrys encouragement of ‘tiger’ ‘imitation’; Henry’s brutal use of language encourages a sense of chaotic and savage behaviour which deeply contrasts with the orderly and less threatening atmosphere that is portrayed through repetition in ‘The Charge of the

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