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Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Key Themes in the Poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

In this worksheet, students will examine how the key themes are presented, and evaluate their effectiveness, in the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

'Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Key Themes in the Poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Poetry, Poetry Anthology Collections

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' Conflict: 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

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QUESTION 1 of 10

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.

 

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The poem tells the story of a brigade of 600 soldiers who rode on horseback into the “valley of death” for half a league (about one and a half miles). They were obeying a command to charge the enemy forces that had been seizing their guns.

The 600 soldiers were assaulted by the shots of shells of canons in front and on both sides of them. Still, they rode courageously forward toward their own deaths: “Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of hell / Rode the six hundred.”

The main themes of the poem include Conflict, Courage, Death and Duty.

In the following questions, you will be asked about the poet presents these key themes and evaluate their effectiveness

 

You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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