The Main Theme of Tennyson's The Charge of the Light Brigade
From the first few lines of 'The Charge of the Light Brigade,'
Tennyson plunges you into the poem, creating an awesome, in depth
feeling of reality. His words are so powerful, that they make you feel
as if you are one of the Light Brigade. With this war language he uses
he gives the reader a feeling of heroism and bravery, an inexorable
'Charge for the guns! Into the valley of death rode the six hundred.'
This illustrates the great irony or war, as they are marching into the
valley on a misinterpreted command. The actual command that was given
was to ret rite from the valley and not to go into it.
'Forward the Light Brigade! Was there a man dismayed?'
This indicates the bravery of the Brigade, this is emphasized by the
use of the rhetorical question. This line highlights their power and
determination and confirms their patriotic love for their Country.
'Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.'
In these three lines we see the use of rhythm and rhyme; this suggests
that the soldiers had no right to judge the decision of entering the 'Valleyof
Death,' but they were to do and die.
In verse three it exclaims that there was a;
'Cannon to the right of them,
Cannon to the left of them
Cannon in front of them.'
This is an audio image of bombardment, which almost allows you to hear
the cannons being set off. This draws the reader in, making them think
as if they were there.
'Into the jaws of Death, into the mouth of hell'. In this line I have
come across personification, as the valley has been brought to life by
being given human...