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1 ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ Alfred Tennyson ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ Alfred Tennyson Have a copy of the poem in front of you To be successful…

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3 What is the poem about? The poem was written in It tells the story of a brave, but suicidal British cavalry charge during the Crimean War. Lord Cardigan attacked a valley with 673 cavalrymen. The British were surrounded by cannons and, in minutes, half were dead. What is the poem about? The poem was written in It tells the story of a brave, but suicidal British cavalry charge during the Crimean War. Lord Cardigan attacked a valley with 673 cavalrymen. The British were surrounded by cannons and, in minutes, half were dead.

4 What happens in the poem? The Light Brigade move into position. The order comes to ‘Charge for the guns’ and the men charge – they do not ‘reason why’. Surrounded by ‘cannon’ on all sides they continue to ride ‘boldly’ They disappear into the ‘smoke’ – the enemy lines are ‘shatter’d’ but the Brigade’s losses have been terrible. What happens in the poem? The Light Brigade move into position. The order comes to ‘Charge for the guns’ and the men charge – they do not ‘reason why’. Surrounded by ‘cannon’ on all sides they continue to ride ‘boldly’ They disappear into the ‘smoke’ – the enemy lines are ‘shatter’d’ but the Brigade’s losses have been terrible. The last stanza asks readers to ‘Honour the Light Brigade’.

5 What does the poem mean? The poem suggests that: The experience of Battle can be both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. That the sacrifice and bravery of British soldiers should be celebrated. What does the poem mean? The poem suggests that: The experience of Battle can be both thrilling and terrifying at the same time. That the sacrifice and bravery of British soldiers should be celebrated. Some readers think that the poem is too patriotic and glorifies war. The ‘wild charge’ is called ‘Noble’. Some readers think that the poem is too patriotic and glorifies war. The ‘wild charge’ is called ‘Noble’. On the other hand … Tennyson may use the poem to criticise British generals who ‘blundered’ On the other hand … Tennyson may use the poem to criticise British generals who ‘blundered’

6 ‘Belfast Confetti’ Ciaran Carson ‘Belfast Confetti’ Ciaran Carson Have a copy of the poem in front of you To be successful… How does the author use language, structure and form in the poem?

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8 How could we describe the voice? The speaker could be : -an excited observer -a proud British patriot -critical of the generals The speaker could be : -an excited observer -a proud British patriot -critical of the generals -Patriotic ‘Honour the charge they made’ -Breathless and excited ‘O the wild charge they made’ -Patriotic ‘Honour the charge they made’ -Breathless and excited ‘O the wild charge they made’ Why are they writing the poem?

9 The first quotation conveys a sense of unstoppable movement. The second reinforces that the men are trapped. ‘Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward’ … ‘Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon behind them’ ‘Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward’ … ‘Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon behind them’ Can you find the other repetitions in the poem? How do they help to tell the story? The anaphora has a slightly different effect in each stanza. Can you find the other repetitions in the poem? How do they help to tell the story? The anaphora has a slightly different effect in each stanza.

10 ‘mouth of Hell’ Personifies the horror of war Implies a religious theme

11 ‘shattered and sundered’ Onomatopoiea recreates the noise and result of battle. ‘shattered and sundered’ Onomatopoiea recreates the noise and result of battle. ‘thundered’ ‘Storm’d’ Imagery of violent weather

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13 The rhythm gives the poem its energy, recreating the surge of the cavalry charge – you can almost hear the hooves in the rhythm. The rhyme helps to keep up this forward momentum, as if the reader (like the horses) cannot turn back. Can we also feel a reckless madness in the pounding rhythm? The rhythm gives the poem its energy, recreating the surge of the cavalry charge – you can almost hear the hooves in the rhythm. The rhyme helps to keep up this forward momentum, as if the reader (like the horses) cannot turn back. Can we also feel a reckless madness in the pounding rhythm? Tennyson structures his poem using an unstoppable rhythm and regular rhyme.

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15 Who’s to blame? The ‘Cossack and Russian’


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