An Explication of The Charge of the Light Brigade Essay

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An Explication of The Charge of the Light Brigade

The charge of the Light Brigade was a disastrous event that occurred on October 25, 1854 during the Crimean War. On December 2, 1854, Tennyson wrote the poem in response to an article that he read about the incident only minutes before. In my first few readings of the poem, I thought his only purpose was to memorialize the bravery and heroism of the British soldiers that died during the attack. After doing more research on this incident and several closer readings of the work, I began to realize the use of double entendres that Tennyson employed in several places within in the poem and the tone of the poem in general. I now believe that Tennyson had
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It refers to the actual distance the Light Brigade was moved as they got into position, but it also implies that the cavalry was there alone. Although the leader of the Light Brigade could not see the French infantry that was to support his men, he was assured that they were to their left flank. The Light Brigade was now positioned in the valley, which Tennyson refers to as the valley of Death, giving the reader an image of the fate of the troops. In lines 5 and 6, the command to charge is given and the reader can picture the troops springing to action.

In the second stanza, the first line repeats the order given earlier and is followed in line 10 by the first of two questions the reader is asked in the poem, "Was there a man dismayed?" This question caused me to hesitate and to try to understand what was being asked and why. On the field that day, there was a moment of hesitation there as well, because the leader of the Light Brigade questioned the order delivered to him by the aide-de-camp. Though he was sure the order was a large mistake, he was assured that these orders were given by the general and that he would receive the full support of the French Infantry and the Heavy Brigade. Furthermore, he was reminded that not to obey would be deliberate defiance of authority and likely to result in disciplinary action. In lines 11 and 12 Tennyson

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