The Charge Of The Light Brigade Poem Analysis

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Poetry no matter how we argue it is everywhere around us; in music, wedding vows, and every romantic movie ever. It is funny to think that in today’s society that a teenager can be head over heels in love with a musician or song and never realize that it is a form of poetry. Every song has stanzas—they just happen to be called verses and choruses when within a song. Furthermore, for a song to me a song it must flow with its melody. This is only possible if it has a rhyme scheme or rhythm similar to a poem. So what is it about a poem that turns so many away if it is so common in everyday life? Each generation can speak for itself, but with today’s youth possibly more so than ever, poetry is revered not as a work art, but as a contagious flesh…show more content…
At first glance, Tennyson seems to be honoring the entire unit, which is assumed because he only refers to them as, “the 600;” never separate. Without going any deeper, it appears that “The Charge of the Light Brigade” was written to honor both the soldiers and their leaders. However, a closer look at the bones of the poem reveals that Tennyson has redefined the traditional connotation of a hero as the leader. Tennyson, instead, chooses to portray the soldiers as those with heroic character rather than the brigades’ commanders. In fact, the only mention of these unnamed leaders is, “someone had blunder’d,” (Tennyson 7). These leaders were supposed to have the ones in the privileged position to “make reply” and to “reason why,” but they do not and because of it the soldiers are forced to meet the brutal consequences of that irrational command. Along with this, Tennyson repeatedly pushes the irony of the situation into the readers’ faces because they know a mistake has happened when Tennyson says, "Charge for the guns!" The true heroes are the soldiers, who follow the command, "Forward, the Light Brigade!” without question(Tennyson 9). These soldiers are the real heroes because they face their orders with courage and honor as they charged the Russian regiment, armed with guns and cannons, because even with the dismal odds they were so skilled that…show more content…
Whether it is a parent, teacher, or coach, everyone they guide puts trust in their wisdom, even if deep down their gut says not to. This is exactly what the six hundred did. They had been trained to follow orders and that their leader was in that authority position for a good reason, just like a child or student would do to their parents and teachers. Furthermore, when Tennyson mentions the firing of cannons in all directions it symbolizes the hardships people face in life. The first time these lines are stated it reads, “Cannon in front of them,” in line 20 compared to the second time when it says, “Cannon behind them.” The first instances means that whatever the problem is it is about to be faced no matter what. “Cannon behind them” shows that whatever the difficulty was it has now passed or is “behind” the reader. These two quotes do not set close together for a good reason; it represents that honorable things do not come easy. Not all of the six hundred survived the battle, but those that fought hard and smart were able to put the cannons behind them and come out of the tribulation as a newer, stronger, and wiser person; just like when, in today’s society, one conquers whatever challenge that is in front of

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