Charge Of The Light Brigade Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Charge Of The Light Brigade

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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.

'Forward, the Light Brigade! '
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Cordell Rich 01 September 2008

The first poem I ever committed to memory. I love it.

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Dennis Field 29 June 2013

This is my all time favourite poem

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Chris Howie 07 November 2014

A classic poem about the unfortunate losses that come from war. It highlights both the courage of the light brigade, and the foolishness of war. Those men, all because of a mistaken command, charged into the valley of death. The tone of the poem is one that honors those men but pulls no punches on the reality of death and war. It's not overly critical of the event itself, so to classify it as anti-war would be wrong, but it's fantastic nonetheless.

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Zak Pearce 04 November 2013

Inspired me to write a bit of war poetry! A brilliant classical piece, with brilliant structure. Beyond all doubt, my favourite poem.

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Chinedu Dike 07 February 2015

Probably Lord Tennyson's best poem. Very well written, the rhyme scheme is nice and the story easy to understand. Overall, a beautiful poem penned with insight, a lovely piece of poetry. Thanks for sharing and Kudos. Please read my poem MANDELA - THE IMMORTAL ICON.

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Evelyn Bramhall 08 February 2022

Has been a favorite of mine since I was 11 years old. I always think of my Father in the Pacific in World War II. and all the fathers of my friends who went through without trying to debate the orders given. Never questioning the orders given. It gives me goose bumps whenever I hear it/

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David 29 April 2021

This actually reminds me of the anti war poem/song written and sung by Petula Clark: 'On The Path of Glory'.

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Joe DiMino 29 July 2020

" Light" by Joe DiMino How alive the light appears- bending with the water- sliding from points of crests; making one wonder if light is only above or somewhere in depth of sea a spirit spark swells until it can do but one thing-surface! This is not morning sun rising; or moon or starlight tempting one to dream- it is the light that men follow... even onto the cross...

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Chinedu Dike 09 November 2019

A piece of great elegance. An awesome work of art.

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Anthony F Cassa 18 August 2019

I believe our American soldier could rise to the challenge

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