This poem is actually a story (a narrative poem). It tells you about the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War. I especially like the first two stanzas, they just sound so good.
This poem is quoted in many movies, books, games and even in music. I heard it for the first time while watching The Blind Side where the dad quotes the poem to his son. I liked it so much that I looked it up and now I keep going back to it every now and again. (I seem to like poems about wars a lot, don’t I? Maybe it’s because they are so heroic sounding and they make me feel powerful.)
About the poem:
According to his grandson Sir Charles Tennyson, Tennyson wrote the poem in only a few minutes after reading an account of the battle in The Times. As poet laureate he often wrote verses about public events. It immediately became hugely popular, even reaching the troops in the Crimea.