Literary devices


Repetition is used often throughout the poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Mostly, repetition is meant to call attention to certain elements of the story the speaker is telling. For example, the beginning of the poem starts with a repeated phrase, which sets the scene:

Half a league, half a league, 

Half a league onward, (ll. 1-2)

The repetition used here provides a rhythm to the poem right from the start. Moreover, by using this repetition to describe the movements of the soldiers, the speaker highlights the continuous and persistent efforts of the Light Brigade. 

The line “Rode the six hundred” (l. 4) is repeated twice in the main stanza, which establishes a pattern for the rest of the poem. This line, or a...

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