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Charge Of The Light Brigade - Poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson

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 about Charge Of The Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennyson

  • Rookie Tom Palmer (9/13/2018 4:39:00 AM)

    When I read this I thought about World War I and the Battle of the Somme, as well as other pointless acts of heroism that occurred in that war. When I was in the army from 1977-81 I understood that it was possible that some day I might have to give my life for my country, but I did have reservations about dying because of pointless stupidity. If I was going to face certain death because of a stupid blunder I believe I would make reply. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie LJP Rajkot (7/13/2018 8:57:00 PM)

    To honour the Lord, Alfred High School was constructed in British managed part
    of the town, Rajkot India. However the charge was a military mistake, rare for
    British, and learned never to play that brave game. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zara Bilal (6/13/2018 12:02:00 PM)

    Love this poem. We did this in school and it was very fun. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Light

  1. 1. Charge Of The Light Brigade , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  2. 2. "Star Light, Star Bright--" , Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. The Light Wraps You , Pablo Neruda
  4. 4. A Light Exists In Spring , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. Tower Of Light , Pablo Neruda
  6. 6. Light Is More Important Than The Lantern , Nizar Qabbani
  7. 7. Altarwise By Owl-Light , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. Children Of Light , Robert Lowell
  9. 9. Light Breaks Where No Sun Shines , Dylan Thomas
  10. 10. A Light Woman , Robert Browning
  11. 11. Light , John Milton
  12. 12. Pity Me Not Because The Light Of Day , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  13. 13. Foster The Light , Dylan Thomas
  14. 14. Light , Rabindranath Tagore
  15. 15. Where Shadow Chases Light , Rabindranath Tagore
  16. 16. The Changing Light , Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  17. 17. The Testimony Of Light , Carolyn Forché
  18. 18. A Toad Can Die Of Light! , Emily Dickinson
  19. 19. Sudden Light , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  20. 20. Light Of Love , Dorothy Parker
  21. 21. Bearing The Light , Denise Levertov
  22. 22. There's A Certain Slant Of Light (258) , Emily Dickinson
  23. 23. June Light , Richard Wilbur
  24. 24. Light Of Stars, The , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. 25. Light Hearted William , William Carlos Williams
  26. 26. Two Figures In Dense Violet Light , Wallace Stevens
  27. 27. The Light By The Barn , William Stafford
  28. 28. Sonnet 88: When Thou Shalt Be Disposed T.. , William Shakespeare
  29. 29. Long Point Light , Mark Doty
  30. 30. Sonnet Xix: When I Consider How My Light.. , John Milton
  31. 31. Light Hearted Author , William Carlos Williams
  32. 32. More Light! More Light! , Anthony Evan Hecht
  33. 33. Mellow Light , Sandra Fowler
  34. 34. Improvisations: Light And Snow , Conrad Potter Aiken
  35. 35. The Light Of Other Days , Thomas Moore
  36. 36. Dance Unto The Light , Katrina S. Lucas
  37. 37. My Love Is In A Light Attire , James Joyce
  38. 38. Let The Light Enter , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  39. 39. Let There Be Light , Alison Cassidy
  40. 40. While Gazing On The Moon's Light , Thomas Moore
  41. 41. Sonnet 7: Lo, In The Orient When The Gra.. , William Shakespeare
  42. 42. Light Between The Trees , Henry Van Dyke
  43. 43. Skin Of Light , Rene Daumal
  44. 44. Light Shining Out Of Darkness , William Cowper
  45. 45. The Light O' The Moon , Vachel Lindsay
  46. 46. They Are All Gone Into The World Of Light , Henry Vaughan
  47. 47. In A Light Time , Philip Levine
  48. 48. Late Light , Philip Levine
  49. 49. But Men Loved Darkness Rather Than Light , Richard Crashaw
  50. 50. A House Of Light , Pete Crowther
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