Charge of the Light Brigade quotes
Terms in this set (6)
"Charge for the guns!" He said
Stanza one talks about the commands the soldiers were given. The person giving the commands has the power, but we dont know who he is. Tennyson wanted to hide this information.
Theirs not to make reply
Theirs not to reason why
Theirs but to do and die
Stanza two suggests that although the soldiers knew that it was a tactical 'blunder', they had no power to change this and all they could do was obey. Officers had compete power and soldiers couldn't disobey.
Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of death.
Lines 6 and 7 in stanza 3 describe how they rode. Tennyson wanted to portray them as brave, and also liked to glorify war. Later he calls them 'hero(es)'. Imagery makes it seem like an inescapable monster.
Plunged in the battery-smoke.
Stanza 4 suggests the light brigade had power when they attacked the enemy. The verb also links to the sabres they used, and their boldness.
Key themes and ideas
War, glory, death and power are themes. Can link to oxymadias, exposure, poppies and war photographer.
Honour the charge... Noble six hundred
Choice of Lexis shows administration for the men. The poet is also commanding the reader to respect the soldiers, suggesting that fighting is a brave and respectful thing.
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