The Charge Of The Light Brigade (poem)

Pada tanggal 14 April 2010, terjadi insiden kekerasan di Tanjung Priok. Satpol PP yang ditugaskan untuk menertibkan bangunan liar di sekitar makam Mbah Priok bentrok dengan massa bersenjata yang sudah siap untuk mempertahankan wilayah mereka. Dua kubu dengan jumlah yang tidak sedikit berhadap-hadapan, hanya diperlukan cukup sedikit provokasi, dan konflik berdarah pun terjadi. Puluhan kendaraan terbakar dan ratusan orang menjadi korban.

Setelah kejadian itu berlalu, masyarakat masih terus membicarakannya. Satpol PP sepertinya menjadi kambing hitam. “Preman Berseragam” itulah sebutan yang diberikan kepada mereka. Apakah semua kesalahan patut ditimpakan pada mereka? Padahal kita tidak boleh lupa, tiga korban tewas adalah dari pihak mereka, dan kendaraan yang terbakar hampir semuanya adalah juga dari pihak Satpol PP. Melihat hal ini, saya teringat sebuah puisi yang dibahas Michael Ohrer dalam “The Blind Side”.

The Charge of The Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

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.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Was there a man dismay’d ?
Not tho’ the soldier knew
Some one had blunder’d:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley’d & thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash’d all their sabres bare,
Flash’d as they turn’d in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder’d:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro’ the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel’d from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter’d & sunder’d.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!


Note: This poem, including punctuation, is reproduced from a scan of the poem written out by Tennyson in his own hand in 1864. The scan was made available online by the University of Virginia.

One thought on “The Charge Of The Light Brigade (poem)

  1. “Who has died and made him Bear Bryant?” my fav QUOTE. hhaha.. membuat jadi lebih berhati hati bertingkah laku.. wkwkwk..

    yeeeehhhhhh IYA SIH!! itu kan perintah atasannya ke si 600 orang buat bertarung..
    kalo perintah ke SATPOL PP kan menertibkan.. bukan lempar lemparan batu -.-“

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