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Charge of the Light Brigade

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Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Charge of the Light Brigade" is a powerful and poignant poem that tells the story of a doomed military charge during the Crimean War. Tennyson vividly describes the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers as they ride into certain death, following orders without question.

The poem's imagery is vivid and evocative, conveying the chaos and confusion of battle as well as the courage and honor of the soldiers. Tennyson's use of repetition and rhythm adds to the poem's intensity, drawing readers in and making the charge feel almost real.

Overall, "Charge of the Light Brigade" is a moving and memorable poem that pays tribute to the soldiers who gave their lives in service to their country. Tennyson's masterful storytelling and poignant language make this a classic work of literature that continues to resonate with readers today.

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This poem was published just six weeks after the event, its lines emphasize the valour of the cavalry in bravely carrying out their orders, regardless of the obvious outcome. The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. Lord Raglan, overall commander of the British forces, had intended to send the Light Brigade to pursue and harry a retreating Russian artillery battery, a task well-suited to light cavalry. Due to miscommunication in the chain of command, the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire.

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