"The Battle of Blenheim" by Robert Southey

Labuzetta, Evan
June 2011
Battle of Blenheim;6/ 1/2011, p1
Poem Analysis
This article presents an explication of Robert Southey's famous anti-war poem "The Battle of Blenheim", which was written in 1798 and first published in 1800 in the second volume of the _I_Annual Anthology,_i_ which Southey edited. Since then, the poem has frequently been reprinted in collections. The poem takes the form of a conversation between an old man, named Kaspar, and his grandchildren Wilhelmine and Peterkin. Southey obliquely critiques Kaspar's popular memory of Blenheim as a "great" or "famous" "victory" by having the children stress the human costs of the battle, and repeatedly undercut any claims that the battle produced benefits to outweigh the cost.


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