Tennyson ~ Charge of the Light Brigade ~ poem with text



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The Charge of the Light Brigade was a charge of British light cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War. Lord Raglan, overall commander of the British forces, had intended to send the Light Brigade to pursue and harry a retreating Russian artillery battery, a task well suited to light cavalry. Due to miscommunication in the chain of command, the Light Brigade was instead sent on a frontal assault against a different artillery battery, one well-prepared with excellent fields of defensive fire.

Although the Light Brigade reached the battery under withering direct fire and scattered some of the gunners, the badly-mauled brigade was forced to retreat immediately. Thus, the assault ended with very high British casualties and no decisive gains.

The events are best remembered as the subject of the poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Published just six weeks after the event, its lines emphasize the valour of the cavalry in bravely carrying out their orders, regardless of the obvious outcome. Blame for the miscommunication has remained controversial, as the original order from Raglan itself was vague.
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The Crimean War (pronounced /kraɪˈmiːən/ or /krɨˈmiːən/) (October 1853 — February 1856)[8][9]:7 was a conflict in which Russia lost to an alliance of France, Britain, the Ottoman Empire, and Sardinia. While neutral, the Austrian Empire also played a role in stopping the Russians.

The immediate issue involved the rights of Christians in the Holy Land, which was controlled by the Ottoman Empire. The French promoted the rights of Catholics, while Russia promoted those of the Orthodox. The longer-term causes involved the decline of the Ottoman Empire, and the unwillingness of Britain and France to allow Russia to gain territory and power at Ottoman expense. Russia lost and the Ottomans gained a twenty-year respite from Russian pressure. The Christians were granted a degree of official equality and the Orthodox gained control of the Christian churches in dispute.[10]:415 Russia survived, gained a new appreciation for its religious diversity, and launched a reform program with far-reaching consequences.[11]
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War
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24 thoughts on “Tennyson ~ Charge of the Light Brigade ~ poem with text

  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    anyone else think it "sounds" better when they read it themselves? especially how dramatic and intensely sad it feels to reed "not. Not the 600"

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Events like this is why we have Sun Tzu as required reading at most ROTC and OCS training centers and service academies.

    "If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame." -Sun Tzu

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Excellent reading, but the poem says, 'Cannon to right of them/ Cannon to left of them,' not, 'Cannon to the right of them/ Cannon to the left of them.'

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Out of the Jaws of Hell!
    Into Legend,
    they rode so well.
    Onto the streets of London.
    Begging for daily bread,
    Drinking themselves
    nearly dead.
    Where has their glory fled?
    O pitious remnants of the 600.

    A suggested ending for Tennyson's poem. 2017 D. McAvoy

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    He's got the meter wrong. It's supposed to resemble the horses gallop. There's a recording of Tennyson on youtube narrating this poem. That gives you a better indicator of how it;s supposed to sound,

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    This is why there is a huge difference between warriors and soldiers. Soldiers do what they're told, warriors do what has the best chance to succeed. Don't be a soldier, be free.

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    It's NOT "…cannon to THE right of them, cannon to THE left of them…" There's no THE in Tennyson's poem. It's"…cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them…" Whoever read this superb poem should be taken to task for he knows not a thing about metre. The repetitive three-beat rhythm of the poem replicates the sound of the hoof beats of a cantering horse. Shame on this gent who shows no poetic feeling with regard to this devastatingly sad and magnificent poetic masterpiece. Monica

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  • August 23, 2017 at 7:45 pm
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    Great poem. Unfortunately the narrater didn't read the words before he recorded his own version.

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