The Charge of the Light Brigade

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The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred Lord Tennyson is about a battle in which a commander commits a faux pas and orders his men to move forward with an defensive strategy that would result with their imminent death. As the poem goes on it tells us that we should honor these men because although they knew their leader had made a life altering decision, they carried through with it due to the fact that he was their leader. Tennyson uses personification, metaphor, imagery, symbolism, and anaphora in order to take the reader back in time and to help the reader understand the reason behind their tragic demise. There are three main themes in this poem and they are respect and reputation, duty, and warfare. In the poem Alfred says: “Not tho' soldier knew Some one had blunder'd: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to and die: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.” This is a prime example of respect and reputation. Although the soldiers knew their superior had given them a disastrous command they followed it wi...

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