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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

  • Joe DiMino 7/29/2020 3:19:00 PM

    " 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 11/9/2019 10:30:00 AM

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

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  • Anthony F Cassa 8/18/2019 2:54:00 PM

    I believe our American soldier could rise to the challenge Reply

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  • Paul Amrod 7/9/2019 4:44:00 PM

    This poem excellently displays the hideousness of war and the uselessness of savagery. Reply

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  • Christian 7/2/2019 3:10:00 AM

    YOU'LL TAKE MY LIFE BUT I'LLTAKE YOURS TOO
    YOU'LL FIRE MUSKET BUT I'LL RUN YOU THROUGH
    SO WHEN YOU'RE WAITING FOR THE NEXT ATTACK
    YOU'D BETTER STAND THERE'S NO TURNING BACK
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  • DLMSTL 4/24/2019 12:56:00 PM

    It was the same warrior mentality that the Spartans had at Thermopylae. Real Texans will always cherish the battle cry.....'Remember the Alamo'! You either have it or you don't. Reply

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  • Savita Tyagi 4/15/2019 3:48:00 PM

    Governments just love the ones who do not reason, do not ask questions! May be there would be less wars if someone will stand up and ask some question. Reply

    Paul Amrod (7/9/2019 4:46:00 PM)

    Thank you Savita. I feel exactly the same sentiments.

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  • Eva Lathim 3/4/2019 11:19:00 AM

    this is one of the poems that inspired me to start to write my own war peom Reply

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  • 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. Reply

    joghn (1/10/2019 9:11:00 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

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  • 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.
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  4. 4. A Light Exists In Spring
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  8. 8. Children Of Light
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  10. 10. A Light Woman
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  13. 13. Bearing The Light
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  14. 14. Light Of Love
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  15. 15. Foster The Light
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  16. 16. The Changing Light
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  17. 17. Sudden Light
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  18. 18. Light
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  19. 19. A Toad Can Die Of Light!
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  22. 22. There's A Certain Slant Of Light (258)
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  23. 23. June Light
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  24. 24. Light Of Stars, The
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  36. 36. Improvisations: Light And Snow
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  47. 47. Late Light
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  48. 48. They Are All Gone Into The World Of Light
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  1. A Light Exists In Spring

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    Star, that gives a gracious dole, What am I to choose? Oh, will it be a shriven soul, Or little buckled shoes? Shall I wish a wedding-ring, Bright and thin and round, Or plead you send me covering- A newly spaded mound? Gentle beam, shall I implore Gold, or sailing-ships, Or beg I hate forevermore A pair of lying lips? Swing you low or high away, Burn you hot or dim; My only wish I dare not say- Lest you should grant me him.

  3. Tower Of Light

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  4. The Light Wraps You

    The light wraps you in its mortal flame. Abstracted pale mourner, standing that way against the old propellers of the twighlight that revolves around you. Speechless, my friend, alone in the loneliness of this hour of the dead and filled with the lives of fire, pure heir of the ruined day. A bough of fruit falls from the sun on your dark garment. The great roots of night grow suddenly from your soul, and the things that hide in you come out again so that a blue and palled people your newly born, takes nourishment. Oh magnificent and fecund and magnetic slave of the circle that moves in turn through black and gold: rise, lead and possess a creation so rich in life that its flowers perish and it is full of sadness.