Tennyson's Poems

the charge of the light brigade

why does the poet say that someone had 'blunder'd'?

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This apparently relates to the battle. It is said that Tennyson read a newspaper article about the Battle of Balaclava, where the charge took place, and wrote this poem within a matter of minutes. Tennyson’s son said later that the phrase from the article “some hideous blunder” caught his imagination; in the poem Tennyson’s words are “some one had blunder’d.”