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Meter in The Charge of the Light Brigade

Meter Examples in The Charge of the Light Brigade:

Text of the Poem

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"Half a league, half a league, ..."   (Text of the Poem)

Half a league is about a mile and a half, the distance the British cavalry brigade had to ride through the valley to reach the enemy’s artillery battery. The repetition of “half a league” emphasizes the dactylic meter in the phrase—one stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables; the rhythm suggests the rhythm of the horses’ galloping gait.

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