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Robert Southey wrote the Battle of Blenheim in 1798.

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The Battle Of Blenheim Robert Southey wrote the Battle of Blenheim in 1798, taking a trip back in time to the battle when the Duke of Marlborough defeated the French and Austrians. Old Kaspar is frequently mentioned in this piece about the war, he is a peasant who lives on the former battlefield. The rhyme pattern in this poem is: A B C B D D! In the first verse Southey sets the scene for us, by saying that "It was a summer evening," by saying this, he states clearly what type of day it was, which helps us to make a mental image of the pleasant scene he describes. "Old Kaspar's work was done, and he before his cottage door was sitting in the sun, and by him sported on the green, his little grandchild Wilhelmine." Again, this sets the scene, a pleasant, peaceful and relaxed theme, Old Kaspar is relaxing in his garden, after a hard days work, his grandchild is also there. The names given so far all seem to be Foreign, a European theme. In the second scene, another relation to Kaspar is introduced, his grandson, Peterkin, which also has a European structure. ...read more.


I think this holds an important place in Kaspar's memory. Kaspar then starts to describe the brutal scenes where land is destroyed, and people families, homes, and lifestyles are taken away from them. "With fire and sword the country round, was wasted far and wide, and many a childing mother then, and new born baby died." By saying this to his grandchildren, I think he finds it hard to mention this to them, but he does, and hopes it will make up their mind that war is not good. Although he doesn't want to deter their enthusiasm he says that these things happen at every famous victory. Kaspar then describes the shocking scene after the war was won. The thousands of bodies rotting in the sun. But again he declares that things like this happen at every famous victory. Kaspar, I feel, is trying to reassure himself that the war was right. " Great Praise, the Duke of Marlbro' won, and our good young prince Eugene." He praises the war once again, and states all the good points, then Wilhelmine says a very significant line, and states; "Why 'twas a very wicked thing!" ...read more.


In the next verse, John Scott gives his view again, a repetition is used from the very first line, "I hate that drums d... Parading round and..." But it still doesn't stop the fact that young people are 'lied' to, to join the army. The drum puts an attractive side to army life in the young men's minds, they are told that they will receive a nice uniform, and a gun, by having these, it gives them a sense of belonging to a certain group, and to serve their country. They don't see the gruesome side to war.. In this second verse Scott describes the brutality of war, the consequences and the devastation of the aftermath. Scott talks of burning towns, mangled limbs, dying groans, widows' tears and orphans' moans. In such a short poem he has managed to describe such terrible scenes. The key word in the second verse is Misery. This basically describes how war can bestow such despair and sorrow to fill a long list of human anquish. The rhythm of the poem imitates the sound of the drum by using such short descriptions in each line. You can imagine the sound of the drum when you read it out. I think the balance of the verses is 'spot on'. Scott uses such short descriptive words but the last two lines flow to end the verse perfectly. ...read more.

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