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The Charge of the Light Brigade

The Charge of the Light Brigade


by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

The Charge of the Light Brigade Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think this poem glorifies war? Does it criticize it? How can you tell?
  2. Do you believe that war is sometimes necessary? Do you think your feelings about that issue change the way you read this poem?
  3. Do you think someone could write a poem like this today? How do we celebrate the courage of soldiers in the modern world?
  4. Do events like this one from the Crimean War seem really far away to you? Did this poem make them feel more alive?
  5. Is it noble to follow orders without asking questions? This might sound like a loaded question, but we're serious. Did the poem make you see the issue differently?

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