What is the poem, "10 Little Soldiers"?

What is the poem, "10 Little Soldiers"?

One of the 10 young army lads went out to eat; another choked on his small self; and there were nine more. One of the nine tiny military lads stayed up late, another overslept, and there were eight more. All together these 10 little soldiers marched off to war.

This poem was written by Anna Christy at the request of her friend Elizabeth Leach. It was first published in 1820.

The setting is the French invasion of Mexico in 1821. The poem describes how ten young Mexican boys join the French army as "little soldiers" only to be killed during battles.

What does the soldier have on his side?

With a beautiful and innocent smile on his face, the soldier lies open-mouthed, sleeping like an infant. However, there is an ironic twist at the end of the poem, where we notice two crimson holes in the soldier's side, indicating gunshot wounds. The soldier perished as a result of gunshot wounds to his side. This shows that love can be strong enough to conquer all obstacles, even death.

How many soldiers were there in the Light Brigade poem?

600 troops The poem relates the account of a brigade of 600 men that went on horseback for half a league into the "valley of death" (about one and a half miles). They were carrying out a directive to rush the opposing soldiers who were snatching their weaponry. Although they were vastly outnumbered, the British infantry was experienced and used defensive formations while the French cavalry was not.

There were about 7,000 men in the Light Brigade. This includes officers; so the actual number who fought was probably closer to 6100. Out of these, about 1000 were killed or wounded.

In conclusion, there were about 600 soldiers in the Light Brigade.

In what condition are the soldiers in this poem?

The soldier was fully paralyzed, at the mercy of the wagon's motions and the gas in his system; because he was unable to control his own movements, the other soldiers "threw him" forcibly into the vehicle. They did this not out of cruelty but because they were afraid he might suffer more if left on the battlefield.

Now, this isn't exactly a happy ending for the soldier. However, it does show that life doesn't have to be sad to be true. Even though this person was paralyzed, he still had a good life despite his situation. He was cared for by others after the war, which proves that love can help someone with no legs or arms live a full life.

Also, this poem shows that death is an important part of life because the soldiers died so that others could live. Without death, there would be no change nor growth in our world; therefore, it is essential to understand this fact.

Finally, this poem demonstrates that happiness is found inside ourselves rather than in things outside ourselves. Although these men were injured in battle, they still had joy because they knew they had a life ahead of them.

Furthermore, they enjoyed being with their friends because doing so made them feel alive again. So, regardless of how bad your situation may seem, there is always hope for improvement. Never give up!

How were the soldiers attacked in the valley of death?

The poem relates the account of a brigade of 600 men that went on horseback for half a league into the "valley of death" (about one and a half miles). Shells from canons in front of and on both sides of the 600 men were fired at them. Many riders were killed or wounded, and some horses were also killed. But all but about forty men were able to dismount and fight off the Italian infantry who came after them.

This is what saved the day for the British army: they got off to a good start by not being shot at first. The Italians didn't know what was coming at them.

Then the men took cover behind some rocks and destroyed their guns with hand grenades and other weapons found on the battlefield. After that they fought with anything they could get their hands on including spades and pikes.

At the end of the battle most of the survivors had joined together to protect each other's backs. This is why there are often big groups of soldiers in pictures taken after battles - because many people were killed or injured and they needed help carrying them away.

After this disaster Lord Nelson decided to take no more risks and ordered all future attacks to be done in close formation with very few men off duty at a time.

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