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  1. The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the praise of English soldiers who took part in Crimean War (1853-1855). The poem is full of passionate words and lot of praise of those who fought with courage and without fearing from death against the enemies. The poem is patrRead more

    The Charge of the Light Brigade was written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the praise of English soldiers who took part in Crimean War (1853-1855). The poem is full of passionate words and lot of praise of those who fought with courage and without fearing from death against the enemies.

    The poem is patriotic in nature and makes the reader proud of his/her country and also raises respect for the brave soldiers on our hearts.

    Read summary of this poem.

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  1. Lucifer better to reign in hell than to serve in heaven

    The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describes a battle between the English and the Russian army during the Crimean War. The British Army or the Brigade were mistakenly ordered to attack the enemies. The former had only swords while the latter were laid with War Cannons and Guns. Despite knowiRead more

    The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” describes a battle between the English and the Russian army during the Crimean War. The British Army or the Brigade were mistakenly ordered to attack the enemies. The former had only swords while the latter were laid with War Cannons and Guns.

    Despite knowing that they were going into the mouth of death, the Light Brigade marched towards the enemies. Many of them died and only few of them remained alive and returned back. The poem celebrates the patriotic sacrifice made by the soldiers for their country.

    Read the complete summary of the poem here.

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    In simple words, hyperbole is an exaggerated statement usually given in a poem for effect. e.g. I saw ten thousand at a glance. The poet cannot count the flowers and makes a guess that he saw ten thousand at a single sight.

    In simple words, hyperbole is an exaggerated statement usually given in a poem for effect. e.g. I saw ten thousand at a glance. The poet cannot count the flowers and makes a guess that he saw ten thousand at a single sight.

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    The title of this poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson is “The Charge of the Light Brigade“. The word Charge here in the poem means attack done by the British Army on the Russian Army. As described in this section, the word Brigade means a battalion or unit of the army. Here it is the army of 600 BrRead more

    The title of this poem written by Alfred Lord Tennyson is “The Charge of the Light Brigade“. The word Charge here in the poem means attack done by the British Army on the Russian Army. As described in this section, the word Brigade means a battalion or unit of the army.

    Here it is the army of 600 British Soldiers. Finally, the word Light has been used for the British soldiers to depict that they had swords which are quite a light and traditional weapon as compared to the powerful and dangerous weapons like guns and cannons which Russian army had.

    Thus the title of this poem symbolises the brave expedition of the British Army which was armed with swords, against the Russian Army which had dangerous weapons. Hence it is written in the praise he those brave British soldiers.

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    The poem was written in honour of those who gave their life for the country. The poem represents a particularly potent example of bravery as the soldiers knew they would likely die in the battle but choose to carry on anyway. The poem makes frequent use of repetition to emphasise key elements. For eRead more

    The poem was written in honour of those who gave their life for the country. The poem represents a particularly potent example of bravery as the soldiers knew they would likely die in the battle but choose to carry on anyway. The poem makes frequent use of repetition to emphasise key elements.

    For example “cannon” is repeated a number of times to draw attention to the difference in weaponry showing the danger the soldiers face. Furthermore, repetition is used to command the reader to “honour” the sacrifice the light brigade made for their country.

    Alongside this, personification is used to contrast the battlefield with hell when it says “Jaws of Death” and “mouth of hell” illustrating the horrors the soldiers face in this charge. Overall, the poem was the reader into understanding the sacrifice these men made.

    Read the complete summary of the poem here.

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  1. In the poem "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" or "The Lady Without Mercy", the knight tells the poet that the lady took him to her "Elfin Grot" i.e. a small fairy cave. There she lays herself in the arms of the knight and weeps a lot and kept mourning. The knight is full of love for her and kisses her eyesRead more

    In the poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” or “The Lady Without Mercy”, the knight tells the poet that the lady took him to her “Elfin Grot” i.e. a small fairy cave. There she lays herself in the arms of the knight and weeps a lot and kept mourning.

    The knight is full of love for her and kisses her eyes. And afterwards he goes to sleep and dreams of kings and princes who warn him that the lady is without mercy. After waking up, he finds that she is not there and he is left alone to suffer the loneliness and misery.

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    The poem Charge of the Light Brigade is divided into six stanzas having 8,9,9,12,11,6 lines respectively. Many phrases are repeated a number of times in the poem to create the poetic effect. e.g. in the first stanza, the phrase “Half a League” is repeated three times to bring the experience of a parRead more

    The poem Charge of the Light Brigade is divided into six stanzas having 8,9,9,12,11,6 lines respectively. Many phrases are repeated a number of times in the poem to create the poetic effect. e.g. in the first stanza, the phrase “Half a League” is repeated three times to bring the experience of a parade. Again the phrase “Forward the Light Brigade” is repeated and so on.

    In the poem, each line of the stanzas is in dimeter i.e. it has two stressed syllables and each stressed syllable is followed by 2 unstressed syllables.
    Read about the poetic devices used in the poem or the detailed summary.

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    In the poem "Holy Thursday", William Blake talks about the celebration that takes place on the auspicious "Holy Thursday" (it is believed that Christ was crucified on this day). On this day, hundreds of orphan children walk in bright and coloured clothes. However, according to the poet, they are notRead more

    In the poem “Holy Thursday”, William Blake talks about the celebration that takes place on the auspicious “Holy Thursday” (it is believed that Christ was crucified on this day). On this day, hundreds of orphan children walk in bright and coloured clothes.

    However, according to the poet, they are not happy and also these bright and shining clothes are not given to them as a token of love but to extract money from the people who watch them walking on the streets.

    The “Grey-headed beadles” are their guardians who have no sympathy for these poor orphans and rather use them to earn money in the form of donations from the people.

    The poet is thus exposing the hypocrisy in the society. The people think that they have done their duty by donating money and on the other hand, the guardians of those orphans use that money for their own benefits.

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  1. John Crowe Ransom is known as the father of New Criticism. He coined this term in 1941. This approach to literature is based on the principle of 'Art for Art's Sake." It focuses on the text (Formalist), known as "close reading" (particularly) and ignores other parameters like social context, readerRead more

    John Crowe Ransom is known as the father of New Criticism. He coined this term in 1941. This approach to literature is based on the principle of ‘Art for Art’s Sake.”

    It focuses on the text (Formalist), known as “close reading” (particularly) and ignores other parameters like social context, reader and author in order to find how a work of literature functions as a self-contained, self-referential aesthetic object.

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    The poem celebrates the moral values like courage, love for the country, loyalty and dedication of the army. The Light Brigade marched towards their enemies i.e. Russians without questioning their leader in spite of knowing that he made a mistake because the enemy was stronger and had dangerous weapRead more

    The poem celebrates the moral values like courage, love for the country, loyalty and dedication of the army. The Light Brigade marched towards their enemies i.e. Russians without questioning their leader in spite of knowing that he made a mistake because the enemy was stronger and had dangerous weapons while the British Army had only swords.

    The soldiers attacked the enemy. according to the poet they went into the mouth of death without fearing and sacrificed their lives for their country.
    Read the detailed summary of the poem.

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