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The Charge of the Light Brigade


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"Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward."
Repetition represents the long distance the soldiers travelled.
"Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred."
Personification as 'Death' has been capitalised.
"Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die"
Dactylic rhythm - the emphasis at the start shows they went in strong then fell in numbers.
"Storm'd at with shot and shell"
Sibilance replicates the sound of swords.
"Flash'd all their sabres bare, Flash'd as they turn'd in air"
Rhyme is orderly and regimented like the formation of the brigade.
"They rode back, but not not the six hundred."
Repetition emphasises the despair of death.
"They that had fought so well /Came thro' the jaws of Death /Back from the mouth of Hell"
Enjambment across 3 lines refers to the long and painful charge.
"When can their glory fade?"
Refers to the glory of dying and the pride and patriotism of the brigade.
"Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade"
Imperatives used to command respect and remembrance.