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Comparison of Into Battle and Spring Offensive.

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Spring Offensive and Into Battle In the comparison of Into Battle and Spring Offensive, it can be said that they are two opposing poems. Although both of their themes are about war, Spring Offensive is a bleak poem compared to Into Battle. One talks about the adversarial ways of the war whereas the other talks about the beautifulness of its. Both poets use 'nature' as a main object in order to describe war. In the poem of Into Battle the poet uses nature as warmth, something colorful and lively e.g. "The naked earth is warm with spring" but on the contrary to this, the poet in the Spring Offensive talks about the dark, cold, and sad sight of it e.g. "Halted against the shade of a last hill". In addition to this, the structures of the poems reflect the poets' moods. Spring Offensive's broken rhythm resembles grief of a soldier and Into Battle's half rhymes make the poem sound like a song. ...read more.


Unlike to Julian Grenfell, Wilfred Owen views life as something pessimistic and full of agony. Furthermore, in Spring Offensive, the soldiers have sacrificed their youth and were trying to fight with the nature which acts as an obstacle for preventing them to go to war. This can be interpreted as a kind of suicide (either dying during fighting with nature or while fighting with an enemy) which the soldiers are committed to. The idea of 'battle' in the Spring Offensive is described as something compulsory to attend but in Into Battle, soldiers are willing to attend and die. Therefore, once again we as readers can see the contradictory ideas in between the two poets. Julian Grenfell supports the idea of battle as an honorable act whereas for Wilfred Owen, it is something painful and regretful. Moreover, if we look at the poets' use of language, we can see a few similarities. ...read more.


Structure wise, Spring Offensive is divided into verses and each of them has a different part of the theme. However, Julian Grenfell also divided the poem into verses but explained the same theme (how beautiful war is) in every stanza. Both of them set the scene before getting into the main theme. For example, in the first lines Wilfred Owen explained the location of war before actually setting the main theme, while Julian Grenfell by using the environment explained the optimistic side of war. I prefer Spring Offensive as it is more attractive than Into Battle because, it talks about the reality rather than the thoughts of an insane man who loves killing people. In addition, Spring Offensive is more convincing than Into Battle in a sense that it encourages people not to go and fight in war, with a strong emphasis by the use of language e.g. "and instantly the whole sky burned...". Both of the poems are good examples of war poems. However, personally I enjoyed reading and analyzing Spring Offensive as it talks about the reality of being a soldier and life at war. ...read more.

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