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Faculty Mentors

Peter Michael Carriere

Abstract

Lord Alfred Tennyson, composer of beautifully melodic verse during the Victorian Age, used meter to create for the reader a musical milieu. In his 1854 poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade," Tennyson uses dactylic meter (stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables) to slip the reader into a hypnotic state and to convey to the reader the futility of the charge.

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