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DescriptionComparison of The Charge of the Light Brigade and After Blenheim and how themes were relevant to the present day (In the essay that is 2010, when I wrote it)
Comparison of The Charge of the Light Brigade and After Blenheim
The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” is a narrative poem written in 1854,by Alfred Lord Tennyson, about the Battle of Balaclava which occurred during the Crimean war was the British against the Russians on the 25th of October 1854 in the Crimean war. The battle of Balaclava was the first battle that the British had lost, however this was just a battle in the end the British did eventually win the war. Britain decided to fight against the Russian empire because Russia was being seen as getting potentially more powerful as they and the Ottoman Empire were involved in a series of conflicts caused by Russian attempts of expansion into Ottoman lands. Furthermore Britain joined forces with the Ottoman empire, France and Sardinia to defeat the Russians however this then lead to the disintegration of the Ottoman empire.
“After Blenheim“, was written in 1794, by Robert Southey about the Battle of Blenheim. The Battle of Blenheim was fought on 13th August 1704, it was during the Spanish war of Succession, which was a war fought by Great Britain along with, Hoy Roman Empire, Dutch Republic, and the Duchy of Savoy against France, Spain and Bavaria. The war was fought in Europe and it was marked by the military leadership of notable generals such as, Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy, both of which were mentioned in the poem by Southey.
In the 19th century Britain had a very large empire, they had advanced technology, because of this they were able to conquer and rule many different parts of the world and make them part of the British empire, which is how the expression “The sun never sets on the British Empire”, came about, meaning that even though it may be night in Britain, there will be a country somewhere in the world in daylight that has been conquered and made part of the British empire, which at the time was being ruled by Queen Victoria
Both poets were Poet laureates of Britain which meant that they had to be patriotic and loyal to Britain and try to show Britain in the most favourable light. Though they had the same poet laureate status at different points, Tennyson and Southey had very different views on war.
The battle of Balaclava was an humiliating defeat, which is why Tennyson wrote the poem the way he did, trying to highlight the bravery and nobility of the soldiers to hide the fact that they actually lost, he did it to such an extent that at ...
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