Alfred Lord Tennyson Quotes Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.
Quote by Lord Tennyson Alfred : “Ours is not to wonder why. Ours is just to do o”
It is not someone’s position or place to question or defy a situation, order, or the way things are done.
In the end, of the roughly 670 Light Brigade soldiers, about 110 were killed and 160 were wounded, a 40 percent casualty rate. They also lost approximately 375 horses. Despite failing to overrun Balaclava, the Russians claimed victory in the battle, parading their captured artillery guns through Sevastopol.
On August 8, 1942 – exactly 75 years ago to the day – Mahatma Gandhi told a crowd at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Bombay, “Let every Indian consider himself to be a free man.”
Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die . Rode the six hundred.
The Light Brigade were the British light cavalry force. It mounted light , fast horses which were unarmoured. The men were armed with lances and sabres. They were intended as the primary British shock force, leading frontal charges in order to break enemy lines.
It is called ‘the valley of Death ‘ to emphasise that it is the place where the soldiers will die in battle.
Ours is not to wonder why . Ours is just to do or die. Alfred Lord Tennyson.
Summary. The poem tells the story of a brigade consisting of 600 soldiers who rode on horseback into the “valley of death” for half a league (about one and a half miles). Still, they rode courageously forward toward their own deaths: “Into the jaws of Death / Into the mouth of hell / Rode the six hundred .”
‘The Charge of the Light Brigade ‘ is written in the third person . It relates a dramatic version of events of a key battle in the Crimean War. This gives the battle a solemn but almost religious tone. The sounds and actions of the battle are related in a series of strong verbs.
“The Charge of the Light Brigade ” celebrates an act of bravery and sacrifice—a suicidal cavalry charge during the Crimean war. Written just six weeks later, Tennyson’s poem argues that the willingness of the cavalry to sacrifice themselves—without calling their orders into question—makes them heroes.
The British won thanks to the dogged determination of their infantry, who were supported as the day went on by French reinforcements. The British suffered 2,500 killed and the French 1,700. Russians losses amounted to 12,000.
Writing three days after the battle, Lord Raglan blamed Lucan. “From some misconception of the order to advance,” he wrote in his official dispatch, “[Lucan] considered that he was bound to attack at all hazards.”
He died from injuries caused by a fall from his horse on 28 March 1868, possibly following a stroke, and was buried in the family vaults at St Peter’s Church, Deene.