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In this essay, I am going to be writing about three poems the
poems are called ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ wrote by Alfred
Lord Tennyson in the Nineteenth Century. ‘Dilce et Decorum Est’ wrote
by Wilfred Owen during the First World War from 1914 – 1918. ‘An Irish
Airman Foresees His Death’ wrote by W.B Yeats during the Second World
War. I am going to write about the mood and tone of each poem and say
what each poet thinks about war. I am going to write why each poem is
effective or not effective.
‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.
What poet tells us.
1 The men are charging into the valley
2 The order to charge was a mistake, but the men are not afraid.
3 The men charge into the valley. They are surrounded by guns.
4 They charge the enemy waving their swords. They attack the enemy then
retreat. But not everyone survived.
5 Solders are still retreating. They are still surrounded by guns.
Soldiers are still being killed.
6 Poet changes from describing the story to talking to the doctor.
Telling everyone how brave the men were. Never forget how brave they
I think that the poet divides the poem up like this because he wants
you to know about the soldiers and think about what it was like for
them at war.
I think that the poet writes the poem this way because it makes the
poem sound better and then more action is in the poem. The men had to
fight, and it was the wrong command. Tennyson also thought that and
they were going to get killed.
Valley of death,
Mouth of hell,
Jaws of death,
Cannon to right of them
Cannon to the left of them
Cannon in front of them.
The poet says this because it makes it more interesting and more eager
to read on.
The words the poet said about the soldiers and the battles are:
Valley of death,
Mouth of hell’
Jaws of death’
Cannon in the front of them,
Cannon to the left of them’
Cannon to the right of them.
The poet uses the word ‘Hero’ to describe the soldiers because there
where some soldiers that survived the awful battle.
Tennyson used a rhyme in these lines:
“Theirs not to reason why”
“Theirs but to do and die.”
“Storm’d at with shot and shell”
“Boldly they rode and well.”
“Plunged in the battery-smoke”
“Right thro’ the line they broke.”
“When can there glory fade?”
“O the wild charge they made!”
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The poet rhymes to poem to make it more interesting.
The poet asks in the last verse:
“When can their glory fade?”
He says this because he feels like its not fair that the soldiers have
to go to war and fight with the wrong command. In my opinion I think
that the poet says “ Honour the charge of the light brigade” to ask
use not to forget the soldiers and there bravery.
I think that the poet’s view of war is that there is no point in war
because it makes people scared and it doesn’t make things better. I
also think that the poet was there because he describes the battle so
well and makes the poem sound so realistic.
Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote the poem. The poem tells a story of a
battle fought during the Crimean War in the Nineteenth Century. The
poem is written in six verses, each verse represents a different part
of the battle. As the poet tells at the start of the battle bravery
the men knew the order charge was a mistake but they still went on to
do there duty “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die”.
This tells us what Tennyson’s view of a soldier’s duty is to obey, die
for your country. The poet uses certain words carefully to put forward
his views; he calls each soldier a “hero”.
I think the poem is a very good one because it shows the bravery of
the soldiers even when they got the wrong command and it shows the
glory and it makes you think about what they where going trough and
you will remember what they did for our country.