To Compare The Charge Of The Light Brigade With The Destruction Of

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To compare The Charge of the Light Brigade with The Destruction of
Sennacherib

In this essay we are going to be comparing two war poems. They are
‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
and ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ by Lord Byron (1788-1824).

‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ is set in the Crimean war. It is
about the British cavalry getting the wrong orders and going straight
at the enemy’s cannons. ‘The Destruction of Sennacherib’ is a biblical
story. The story tells us about a whole army being wiped out really
quickly as they slept by the ‘Angel of Death’.

The first poem we are going to look at is ‘The Charge of the Light
Brigade’ by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). In this poem Tennyson
describes the valley that the cavalry had to gallop along as ‘The
Valley of Death’. This makes you think that as they go along the
valley the soldiers will die. He describes the soldiers as heroic and
he admires their courage because the soldiers did not question their
orders even though they were likely to be killed. To emphasise this
point Tennyson wrote ‘Into the jaws of Death’. This tells us that if
the soldiers do die, their death would not be pleasant. Only once in
the poem does Tennyson mention that a mistake has been made by saying
‘not though the soldier knew. Someone had blundered’. As the soldiers
rode through the ‘valley of death’ they were surrounded by the Russian
cannons as the poem says ‘Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of
them, Cannon in front of them. This tells us that the Russians had the
British cavalry surrounded with cannons and were going to fire them as
quickly as they could so they could kill as many soldiers as they
could before they got to the Russian front line. At the end of the
poem, in the...

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