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Spring Offensive Analysis

Author: Poetry of Wilfred Owen Type: Poetry Views: 1432

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1 Halted against the shade of a last hill,

2 They fed, and, lying easy, were at ease

3 And, finding comfortable chests and knees

4 Carelessly slept. But many there stood still

5 To face the stark, blank sky beyond the ridge,

6 Knowing their feet had come to the end of the world.

7 Marvelling they stood, and watched the long grass swirled

8 By the May breeze, murmurous with wasp and midge,

9 For though the summer oozed into their veins

10 Like the injected drug for their bones' pains,

11 Sharp on their souls hung the imminent line of grass,

12 Fearfully flashed the sky's mysterious glass.

13 Hour after hour they ponder the warm field--

14 And the far valley behind, where the buttercups

15 Had blessed with gold their slow boots coming up,

16 Where even the little brambles would not yield,

17 But clutched and clung to them like sorrowing hands;

18 They breathe like trees unstirred.

19 Till like a cold gust thrilled the little word

20 At which each body and its soul begird

21 And tighten them for battle. No alarms

22 Of bugles, no high flags, no clamorous haste--

23 Only a lift and flare of eyes that faced

24 The sun, like a friend with whom their love is done.

25 O larger shone that smile against the sun,--

26 Mightier than his whose bounty these have spurned.

27 So, soon they topped the hill, and raced together

28 Over an open stretch of herb and heather

29 Exposed. And instantly the whole sky burned

30 With fury against them; and soft sudden cups

31 Opened in thousands for their blood; and the green slopes

32 Chasmed and steepened sheer to infinite space.

33 Of them who running on that last high place

34 Leapt to swift unseen bullets, or went up

35 On the hot blast and fury of hell's upsurge,

36 Or plunged and fell away past this world's verge,

37 Some say God caught them even before they fell.

38 But what say such as from existence' brink

39 Ventured but drave too swift to sink.

40 The few who rushed in the body to enter hell,

41 And there out-fiending all its fiends and flames

42 With superhuman inhumanities,

43 Long-famous glories, immemorial shames--

44 And crawling slowly back, have by degrees

45 Regained cool peaceful air in wonder--

46 Why speak they not of comrades that went under?


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| Posted on 2017-01-30 | by a guest

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I do quite enjoy dank weed from time to time and I can tell Owen was my typa nigguh so yeah peace out.

| Posted on 2016-11-17 | by a guest

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The six stanzas reflect phases of the offensive.1st the scene is set , second there is a pause before the break ,third hightend tension is noted ,fifth is the actual battle and the death of the soldiers ,,and the sixth is of the surviving soldiers.

| Posted on 2015-05-21 | by a guest

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This poem is the shit! The shitty analysis by mister campbell was great! I enjoy owen a lot.

| Posted on 2014-04-09 | by a guest

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This poem focusses on the uselessness of war and suggests that war only destroys and does no man good.the soldiers who are weak lose their lives and the stronger ones who win lose humanly qualities and therefore have also lost.concluding the utter fruitlessness of war.

| Posted on 2013-04-07 | by a guest

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Spring Offensive is an oxymoron itself. Spring, is a time of joy, calm, and happiness, and the word offefnsive shows fear, and hatrid. The poem starts with a very Natural tone, showing happiness and ease. But towards the end, it begins to turn into hatrid, fear and regret. The world turns against them, shown when he says \'earth set sudden cups In thousands for their blood; and green slope Chasmed and deepened sheer to infinte space\'. This shows that the ever so natural fields, are turned into holes, from the blasts of bombs. It became an inifinite, everlasting space of war, and you get a sense of this awful battleground, where noone is spared. The poem changes alot, and you have to keep an eye out for a change of tone.

| Posted on 2012-04-29 | by a guest

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This poem, about men before they whisker, is a track on the emotional fall of motive. Motivation is lined with regret because it must be focused, and if so focused it cannot be broad and leaves much behind. I enjoy Owen.

| Posted on 2012-04-17 | by a guest

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i can really relate to owen\'s poetry i was once a capitain i went by the name of captain fresh, these pieces are the BOMB x x x x : )

| Posted on 2012-03-05 | by a guest

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The poem follows the revolt of nature as it goes from a benevolent and somewhat sheltering force to a more aggressive force that \'burns with fury against them\'. Nature is so disgusted at the unnaturalness of the solders action that it initially seeks to stop them- everything from the sky and its \'cold gust thrill\' to the smallest buttercup that once \'blessed with gold\' them now \'set sudden cups in thousands for their blood\'. This all encompassing metaphor of nature possibly representing god creates an intense atmosphere. The syntax of the poem also reflects motif and nature, the regular rhyme scheme together with the use of perfect rhyme gives it an almost liquid flow.
The inspiration of this poem can be seen to come from his Owen\'s former influence of classical romantic poets such as John Keats and Percy Shelly- with this poem being a poignant example of their influences. It follows a similar ABBA rhyme scheme for as Keats and well as particular diction such as \'oozed\' and \'murmurous\' with typical representations of nature such as the sun being a life giving force (which he also refers to in his poem futility).

| Posted on 2011-12-03 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2011-11-24 | by a guest

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Owen conveys to the reader how the very concept of war is wholly against the natural world by saying, “instantly the burned with fury against them”. As soon as they begin to fight, the formerly caring world aggressively opposes the soldiers, and all the serenity and succour that was once present is shattered to pieces.

| Posted on 2011-10-10 | by a guest

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This poem is mostly about young soldiers fighting in the war.

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest

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\'Lying easy\' in the first stanza shows how calm spring was and shows the contrast between the first half and the second half. In the second half, words such a \'Fury\' and \'Hell\' are used to show death from war instead of beautiful nature from the spring time

| Posted on 2011-05-21 | by a guest

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Owen comapres spring to heaven - an idealistic peaceful, beautiful setting, trying to hold the soldiers back from imminent death whilst the battlefield is like hell with its mud, dead bodies, violence and shells -\'hot blust and fury of hell\'s upsurge\'

| Posted on 2011-05-07 | by a guest

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This poem is aimed towards the more educated populous rather than the less educated working class. The lyrics from \"i was only 19\" is an example of a poem based at the working class

| Posted on 2011-03-02 | by a guest

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owen uses \"Regained cool peaceful air in wonder-\" in the last stanza to show the fact that the soldiers did not expect to live at all.

| Posted on 2011-02-01 | by a guest

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\"Knowing their feet had come to the end of the world\"
-could be a comment on the literal nature of their leaving safe land in order to \"go over the top\" and fight
-also a reference to what Owen perceives to be their imminent deaths.

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest

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The title is ambiguities with two meanings
spring - warmth , love , comfort
offensive - anxiety , war , aggressiveness , characteristics by attacks
point out the connatations

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest

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The title is ambiguities with two meanings
spring - warmth , love , comfort
offensive - anxiety , war , aggressiveness , characteristics by attacks
point out the connatations

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest

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Oxymoron is used on the 'superhuman inhumanities', where he states that heroes have no difference to devils in a war. This can be linked to how Owen questions God.

| Posted on 2010-06-30 | by a guest

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By naming the poem 'Spring Offensive', Owen contrasts the idea of new life in the world at Spring with the death that will automatically arise from the offensive (the battle).
- GCSE student.

| Posted on 2010-05-22 | by a guest

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Nature takes a central role in this poem. It is protecting as well as sinister. The last stanza is Miltonic. The poem is broken up into 6 parts.

| Posted on 2010-03-06 | by a guest

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Important to note the stark contrast between the first half of the poem to the second

| Posted on 2009-03-05 | by a guest

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