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Charge of the Light Brigade

Form 4 Poem

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Charge of the Light Brigade

  1. 1. Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred Lord Tennyson Form 4 Poem Prepared by TangChewYong 1 I Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. “Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. II “Forward, the Light Brigade!” Was there a man dismayed? Not though the soldier knew Someone had blundered. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 The first stanza describes the six hundred soldiers of the Light Brigade responding to the command to charge forward. “Half a league” is repeated 3 times to give the poem a rhythmic quality of the horse galloping. A league is a measurement of distance. 1 league = 3 miles/ 4.8 km 1/2 league = 1.5 miles/ 2.4 km a place where death awaits the soldiers 600 soldiers on horseback order/ command was given to the soldiers to attack and seize the enemy’s weapon refers to the commander Battlefield is described as “valley of Death” showing that the soldiers were charging to their death. The second stanza highlights the men’s courage as they obey the command to ride forward. Command is repeated to show the sense of urgency. Order is given but commander is unknown. Dismayed = sad/ fearful “Were the soldiers afraid?” Not  answer to the question Even though the soldiers knew that the command to charge forward was a mistake! Someone had made a mistake
  2. 2. Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred Lord Tennyson Form 4 Poem Prepared by TangChewYong 2 Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die. Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred. III Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell Rode the six hundred. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 They did not question the order. Their duty is to follow the command even though they have to die doing it. Repetition. It emphasises the main action of the poem which is the six hundred soldiers riding to their death. This stanza provides a vivid description of what the soldiers face as they ride into the valley. The soldiers are surrounded by gunfire on three sides - left, right, and in front of them. - cannons firing making a sound like thunder. - Describe the atmosphere in the battlefield. The soldiers were violently attacked with bullets (shot) and explosives fired from the cannons (shell). However, they rode on bravely as commanded to. It creates the picture of the troop of soldiers being eaten up by a monster and going into a fiery hell that means death.
  3. 3. Charge of the Light Brigade - Alfred Lord Tennyson Form 4 Poem Prepared by TangChewYong 3 Theme/ Message/ Moral Value/ Lesson: 1. Patriotism - We have to love and sacrifice for our country. 2. War is tragic - War leads to the lost of innocent lives. Practice 1 1. How many soldiers are there in the unit? __________________________________ 2. In stanza 1, who do you think gives the command, “Forward, the Light Brigade”? __________________________________ __________________________________ 3. In stanza 2, what does the line someone had blundered mean? __________________________________ __________________________________ 4. Many soldiers fought for our country’s independence. Suggest two ways we can continue to honour these soldiers. __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ Practice 2 1. What is the name of the army unit? __________________________________ 2. Which phrase indicates that the soldiers will follow an order to their death? __________________________________ __________________________________ 3. What weapons are used in the battle? __________________________________ __________________________________ 4. Are wars worth fighting for? Prove a suitable reason for your answer. Response: __________________________________ __________________________________ Reason: __________________________________ __________________________________