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War Poetry: Tennyson

Year 10 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]

Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Alfred, Lord Tennyson. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019).

Level 1 resource"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)

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  • Students will understand that poetry is a deliberate form of language where structural and linguistic features combine to create meaning.
  • Students will understand that the poetry of war has a long tradition in literature.
  • Students will understand that meaning may change depending on the context, culture and linguistic understanding of the reader.
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  • How is poetry different to prose?
  • How can we create meaning with language?

War Poetry | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Quick facts

Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Julia Margaret Cameron, albumen print, 3 June 1869
NPG P9 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Level 1Alfred, Lord Tennyson (6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892)
  • Born in England on 6th August 1809 and died on the 6th October 1892 aged 83.
  • One of the best known and well loved English poets of the Victorian period.
  • Was made the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom by Queen Victoria on 19 November 1850, a post he held until his death on 6 October 1892.
  • Famous for poems such as "Break, Break, Break", "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "Crossing the Bar".
  • Alfred Tennyson's son, Hallam Tennyson, the 2nd Baron Tennyson, was the second Governor-General of Australia from 1903 to 1904.

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War Poetry | Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Poems

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The Charge of the Light Brigade

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

I
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.

II
“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

III
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

IV
Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

V
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

VI
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

 

Source: Tennyson (1854) The Charge of the Light Horse Brigade. Retrieved from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45319/the-charge-of-the-light-brigade


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In text citation: (McNish, 2016) or McNish (2016)
Bibliography / Reference list:McNish , H. (2016). Hollie McNish - The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Poetry Society. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/yrZ8PvcBUdk

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