Speaker

The poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is told from the point of view of a third-person speaker who narrates the events to the reader. The speaker does not participate in the events and does not offer personal information or access to thoughts and feelings. Instead, the speaker appears to be an omniscient narrator of the events with insight into what the 600 soldiers are thinking: 

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldiers knew

Someone had blundered. (ll. 10-12)

This shows that the speaker is an outside observer to the events who is also aware of how the soldiers feel. At the same time, the speaker also shows to be aware of how other witnesses to the events feel, as shown through the repetition of the line “Al...

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