Alfred Lord Tennyson's The Charge Of The Light Brigade

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The poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson greatly reflected his personal life experiences and cultural topics of his time. Most of Tennyson’s works were about contemporary controversies like advances in science, the evolution theory, and traditional religion (Mazzeno 5). The effects of Tennyson’s poetry and dramatic writing skills are, in part, building blocks for many modern day social beliefs. `
Alfred Tennyson was born on August 6, 1809, in Somersby, Lincolnshire, England to Reverend George Tennyson and Elizabeth Fytche Tennyson (Mazzeno 3). As a child, Alfred exhibited exceptional intelligence that eventually was brought to his father’s attention (Mazzeno 3). George Tennyson enrolled his son at Louth Grammar School when Alfred was only five years old. At an early age, Alfred Tennyson was enthralled with poetry and soon was enrolled at Trinity College at Cambridge in 1827 to study poetry (Mazzeno 3). In
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During this battle the general made a tactical error that eventually lead his brigade to their imminent deaths. The title of this poem gives the reader immediate knowledge that he or she is reading about a military event or battle. The first stanza gives an image of a platoon trudging through the wilderness. Then, they reach their destination and are very courageous in their charge. Tennyson then writes of a mistake that has been made in the battle plans, but no one calls out the captain on it because they are loyal. In the third stanza the reader can infer that the brigade has little to no chance of surviving and in the last stanza the author leaves the reader with the defeat of the 600. The author uses an immense amount of repetition in this poem giving the effect of a march or song to give the reader a feeling of being in the battle. The rhyme scheme of this poem also contributes to the sound of a military

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