The Charge of the Light Brigade (poema)

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Charge of the Light Brigade de Richard Caton Woodville (1825-1855)

The Charge of The Light Brigade é um poema escrito por Alfred Lord Tennyson no século XIX, que conta a história da Carga da Brigada Ligeira durante a Batalha de Balaclava, que aconteceu em 1854, na Guerra da Crimeia, e envolveu os impérios britânico e russo.

O poema é destaque no filme de 1936 The Charge of the Light Brigade do diretor Michael Curtiz.

Original:

I

Half a league, half a league,

Half a league onward,

All in the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!

Charge for the guns!” he said.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.


II

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”

Was there a man dismayed?

Not though the soldier knew

Someone had blundered.

Theirs not to make reply,

Theirs not to reason why,

Theirs but to do and die.

Into the valley of Death

Rode the six hundred.


III

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of hell

Rode the six hundred.


IV

Flashed all their sabres bare,

Flashed as they turned in air

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

All the world wondered.

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right through the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reeled from the sabre stroke

Shattered and sundered.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.


V

Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volleyed and thundered;

Stormed at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell.

They that had fought so well

Came through the jaws of Death,

Back from the mouth of hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.


VI

When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honour the charge they made!

Honour the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred!

Influências na música[editar | editar código-fonte]

O grupo de heavy metal inglês Iron Maiden compôs a música The Trooper com sua letra baseada na história contada pelo poema de Tennyson. A canção foi lançada no álbum Piece Of Mind, de 1983.