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 without batting an eyelash, this emphasizes the amount of respect they had towards their chief. They didn't respond back to their chief because it would lower the chief's reputation, due to the fact that it's not a soldiers job to talk back to his superior. It also has to do with the duty of a soldier. In lines 3-5 its implying that a soldiers job is to follow the orders given to him by his commander. In stanza's 3-5 it shows what warfare is actually actually like without sugar-coating it. It accentuates what the soldiers are feeling, bringing the reader to the battle field helping them see the bloodshed through the soldiers eyes. The anaphora helps describe what is going on in the battlefield.
Tennyson uses allusion, personification, metaphor, imagery, and anaphora in “The Charge of the Light brigade”. The entire poem is an allusion to an actual battle that occurred between the British and Russian's. In this battle, the British lost due to the high number of casualties. The reason for...