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Evaluate and Compare the Writer's ideas in both 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and 'Bayonet Charge' by Ted Hughes

In this worksheet, students will evaluate and compare the writer's ideas in both 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred Lord Tennyson and 'Bayonet Charge' by Ted Hughes. They will look at the writers' intention in both poems and find the similarities between the two. An exam style question will also be used to consolidate knowledge.

'Evaluate and Compare the Writer's ideas in both 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and 'Bayonet Charge' by Ted Hughes' 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'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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 and  'Bayonet Charge' by Ted Hughes. Both poems can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your anthology.

 

 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Bayonet Charge' are poems that describe the horror of war and the chaos it brings. 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' describes the soldiers under heavy fire and creates sympathy for the men, who the reader is told have very little chance of surviving the battle. Similarly, in 'Bayonet Charge', the soldier is in the middle of a war zone fighting for his life. Both perspectives are from the viewpoint of soldiers with a duty to fight for their country and question the idea of blind patriotism.

 


In the following questions, you will evaluate and compare the writer's ideas in both poems.

 
 
battle
 
 

battle

 

In order to evaluate and compare the writer's ideas in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Bayonet Charge', we need to understand their meaning. Read the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and match the questions to the correct answers below:

Column A

Column B

Where is the poem set?
In Russia, during the Crimean War
What is a 'Light Brigade'?
For following orders, even though they knew they m...
Why did the men charge head first in to the cannon...
Men on horses who were lightly equipped
Why was the 'Light Brigade' so respected afterward...
There was a miscommunication in the order they wer...

soldier with a rifle

 

Now read the poem 'Bayonet Charge' and match the questions to their answers below:

Column A

Column B

What is the soldier doing in the poem?
A knife designed to fit on the end of a rifle
What is a bayonet?
He forgets why he is there and tries desperately t...
What happens to the soldier when the battle starts...
He is going over the trenches to attack
What is the soldier 'bewildered' by?
It could represent the soldier - they are both afr...
What does the 'hare' represent?
He is confused because the horror of the battle ha...

Both 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Bayonet Charge' present the experience of soldiers on the battlefield.

 

men in battle

 

The two quotations below show describe their experience. Can you match the quotation to the poem?

Column A

Column B

"Stormed at with shot and shell"
'Bayonet Charge'
"Bullets smacking the belly out of the air"
'The Charge of the Light Brigade'

Both poems create the idea that the soldiers questioned why they were fighting.

 

In 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' the poet asks:

 

"Was there a man dismayed?"

 

Underline one word that shows the soldiers were confused about why they were fighting.

\"Was there a man dismayed?\"

In 'Bayonet Charge' the soldier also questions why he has joined the battle when he realises the horror of war:

 

"King, honour, human dignity, etcetera Dropped like luxuries in a yelling alarm" 

 

How does the soldier feel about his reasons for joining the war?

 

He feels just as strongly about his reasons for joining the war and it helps him to continue

Now that he is in the war, he realises that he must fight to protect his country

He feels that his reasons for joining the war do not matter now that the only thing he cares about is surviving

Both poems present the soldiers as brave and courageous, for charging forward despite knowing that the battle is bloody and deadly.

soldiers at war

 

 

The following quotations are all from 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. Which one do you think shows the bravery of the soldiers?

 

"Theirs not to make reply"

"Came through the jaws of Death"

"All the world wondered"

Let's have a closer look at the quotation from the last question:

 

"Came through the jaws of death"

 

battle

 

What is the effect of this quotation on the reader?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain in deeper detail.

In 'Bayonet Charge'  the soldier is also described as charging forward, despite the horror of the battle.

 

The following quotations are all from 'Bayonet Charge'. Which one do you think describes the courage of the soldier?

 

"His terror’s touchy dynamite"

"Dropped like luxuries"

"He plunged past with his bayonet"

Let's have a closer look at the quotation from the last question:

 

"He plunged past with his bayonet"

 

 

battle

 

What is the effect of this quotation on the reader?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain in deeper detail.

Finally, try out this True or False quiz on the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' to check your learning!

 

Good luck!

 

 

 TrueFalse
There were 500 soldiers in the Light Brigade
The soldiers were confused
The soldiers refused to go into the battle
The Russian army had cannons
The British army had horses
The battle was a huge success for the British
The order to charge was a mistake
  • Question 1

battle

 

In order to evaluate and compare the writer's ideas in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Bayonet Charge', we need to understand their meaning. Read the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and match the questions to the correct answers below:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Where is the poem set?
In Russia, during the Crimean War
What is a 'Light Brigade'?
Men on horses who were lightly eq...
Why did the men charge head first...
There was a miscommunication in t...
Why was the 'Light Brigade' so re...
For following orders, even though...
EDDIE SAYS
The poem tells the story of a brigade consisting 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.
  • Question 2

soldier with a rifle

 

Now read the poem 'Bayonet Charge' and match the questions to their answers below:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

What is the soldier doing in the ...
He is going over the trenches to ...
What is a bayonet?
A knife designed to fit on the en...
What happens to the soldier when ...
He forgets why he is there and tr...
What is the soldier 'bewildered' ...
He is confused because the horror...
What does the 'hare' represent?
It could represent the soldier - ...
EDDIE SAYS
This poem is about a soldier's experience of a violent battle. It describes his thoughts and actions as he desperately tries to avoid being shot. Although the soldier started off feeling strong and patriotic, he is soon overcome with fear!
  • Question 3

Both 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Bayonet Charge' present the experience of soldiers on the battlefield.

 

men in battle

 

The two quotations below show describe their experience. Can you match the quotation to the poem?

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"Stormed at with shot and shell"
'The Charge of the Light Brigade'
"Bullets smacking the belly out o...
'Bayonet Charge'
EDDIE SAYS
Did you manage to match the quotes correctly? Both poems create a sense of chaos and danger on the battlefield, which is why they're so great for a comparison question in the exam. Verbs such as "stormed" and "smacking" show the violence and force with which the soldiers were attacked, and help to create a sense of bravery.
  • Question 4

Both poems create the idea that the soldiers questioned why they were fighting.

 

In 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' the poet asks:

 

"Was there a man dismayed?"

 

Underline one word that shows the soldiers were confused about why they were fighting.

CORRECT ANSWER
"Was there a man dismayed?"
EDDIE SAYS
The word "dismayed" means to feel alarmed and distressed - which is certainly what the soldiers must've felt when they were surrounded on all sides! Although they followed the orders they were given, they questioned why they had been sent into a battle which it was clear they could not win.
  • Question 5

In 'Bayonet Charge' the soldier also questions why he has joined the battle when he realises the horror of war:

 

"King, honour, human dignity, etcetera Dropped like luxuries in a yelling alarm" 

 

How does the soldier feel about his reasons for joining the war?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He feels that his reasons for joining the war do not matter now that the only thing he cares about is surviving
EDDIE SAYS
In this quotation, the soldier lists his key motivations for joining the war. Words such as "honour" and "dignity" show that he believed in fighting for his country and felt motivated to fight. However, as soon as he sees the reality of battle he realises that his patriotic thoughts no longer matter, as his main concern is getting out of the battle alive. How do you think you would've felt in his position?
  • Question 6

Both poems present the soldiers as brave and courageous, for charging forward despite knowing that the battle is bloody and deadly.

soldiers at war

 

 

The following quotations are all from 'The Charge of the Light Brigade'. Which one do you think shows the bravery of the soldiers?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Came through the jaws of Death"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "Came through the jaws of Death" shows that the soldiers were brave and fought so well, that some of them even managed to come back from the "jaws of death". Here the poet is comparing the battlefield to a deadly place where only the very bravest of soldiers would be able to survive.
  • Question 7

Let's have a closer look at the quotation from the last question:

 

"Came through the jaws of death"

 

battle

 

What is the effect of this quotation on the reader?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain in deeper detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: Throughout the poem, the writer creates a sense of dignity and courage for the soldiers. He uses personification to describe the battle as "the jaws of death" which shows that the soldiers knew that they would not survive the battle, but rode into it boldly anyway. The poet felt respect and admiration for the soldiers and wanted to make sure that they would be remembered for their bravery.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that the student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation

  • Question 8

In 'Bayonet Charge'  the soldier is also described as charging forward, despite the horror of the battle.

 

The following quotations are all from 'Bayonet Charge'. Which one do you think describes the courage of the soldier?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"He plunged past with his bayonet"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "He plunged past with his bayonet" shows how brave the soldier was, charging forward even though he was shocked by the battle in front of him. The verb "plunged" shows that he put all of his efforts into throwing himself forward into the violence.
  • Question 9

Let's have a closer look at the quotation from the last question:

 

"He plunged past with his bayonet"

 

 

battle

 

What is the effect of this quotation on the reader?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain in deeper detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: In 'Bayonet Charge' the idea of courage is presented when the soldier overcomes his fear and charges into battle. The poet describes how "he plunged past with his bayonet" despite seeing the chaos and violence he is headed into. The verb "plunged" creates the impression that the soldier charges forward quickly and energetically, again showing his bravery.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that the student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation

  • Question 10

Finally, try out this True or False quiz on the poem 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' to check your learning!

 

Good luck!

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
 TrueFalse
There were 500 soldiers in the Light Brigade
The soldiers were confused
The soldiers refused to go into the battle
The Russian army had cannons
The British army had horses
The battle was a huge success for the British
The order to charge was a mistake
EDDIE SAYS
'The Charge of the Light Brigade' by Tennyson describes the bravery and patriotism of British soldiers in the Crimean War. It describes the battle between the British and the Russian forces in the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 and it can be compared to other poems in the Power and Conflict section of the AQA GCSE English Literature poetry anthology, such as 'Bayonet Charge' and 'Exposure', where conflict is explored in a critical way. Well done - you've completed the activity! Why don't you keep going and take on another one?
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