The Charge of the Light Brigade Essay

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Alfred Lord Tennyson, an English poet often regarded as the chief representative of the Victorian age in poetry, wrote “Charge of the light Brigade,” a poem to commemorate a battle bravely fought by the British troops in the Crimean War. In this poem, Tennyson expresses the deep emotions he felt after reading a newspaper in which there was an account of the Battle of Balaclava, a battle that the British lost. This poem presents a theme of courage and honor, as we can see from the author’s use of detail, diction, and imagery.

Alfred was the fourth of 12 children, born into an old Lincolnshire family. His father was a rector who sent him and two of his older brothers to the Leuth grammar school in 1815, when Alfred was only 6 years
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Before Arthur and Emily could get married, however, Arthur died suddenly on a visit to Vienna. This shocked Tennyson severely and added to the problems and unhappiness already present at his home; he had three brothers suffering from mental illness and his works were receiving a bad reception. Yet it was in this period that he wrote some of his most characteristic work, which eventually led to his work In Memoriam, a collection of poems celebrating Hallam’s death, along with other subjects raised by his death such as Christianity, belief and doubt, friendship, God, hope, marriage, etc. (In Memoriam, 2). 1850 marked a turning point in Tennyson’s life. He got engaged to Emily Sellwood and his work, In Memoriam, got published and had great success with both reviewers and the public. It also won him Queen Victoria’s friendship and his appointment as poet laureate (Encyclopedia Britannica Online School Edition, 2-3).

Tennyson finally settled down and led a more peaceful and happy life. “After his marriage, which was happy, Tennyson's life became more secure and outwardly uneventful. There were two sons: Hallam and Lionel. The times of wandering and unsettlement ended in 1853, when the Tennysons took a house, Farringford, in the Isle of Wight. Tennyson was to spend most of the rest of his life there and at Aldworth” (Encyclopedia Britannica

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