The Charge of the Light Brigade Criticism

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"The Charge of the Light Brigade" is generally considered to be an only moderately successful work, at least from a critical standpoint, although it is one of the most well-known poems in the English language. In fact, the work proved so popular that it was adapted into a Hollywood movie in the 1930s. In an 1895 essay from his Corrected Impressions: Essays on Victorian Writers, critic George Saintsbury notes that "at no time was Tennyson a perfect master of the quick and lively measures" or meters, and adds that "his difficulty in this respect has not improved 'The Charge of the Light Brigade.'" The theme of the poem has also come under criticism; following World War I, after the world had experienced the horror and destruction of war on a previously unheard of scale, critics abandoned this poem due to its glorification of heroic, senseless death.

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