the charge of the light brigade (addresses audience ("Honour the…
the charge of the light brigade
written in response to horrifically bad leadership at the Crimean war after a news report
generals bought their position
very opinionated narrative voice
political, part of the ongoing war, sense of urgency
no "I" but feels personal tone of anger
speaks to readers for direct engagement
"some one had blunder'd" direct quote from the report
"cannon to right of them, cannon to left of them"
fast pace throughout
brought enormous outrage and reforms
"volley'd and thunder'd
"flash'd all their sabres bare"
"theirs but to do and die"
"while horse and hero fell"
"Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade"
ignores the generals, not worth respect
change the rhythm, much shorter line
final statement is more pronounced, hopes for progress
seems like a story
third person narration
regular, relentless rhythm, imitates the speed of the cavalry and the energy of the battle
momentum broken by lack of rhyme, mirrors horses stumbling and hints at the chaos of war