Theme & Message of the poem After Blenheim.

QuestionsTheme & Message of the poem After Blenheim.
Jaswinder singh asked 3 years ago

What moral or message does the poet Robert Southey convey in his poem After Blenheim? Or, What is the central theme of the poem?

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Jayanta Kumar Maity Staff answered 3 years ago

Southey’s poem After Blenheim is an anti-war poem. He is ironic here to present the fact that people in general glorify war and war-heroes without knowing what good it does to mankind or why a victory is called ‘great’ or ‘famous’.

In the poem we see that Old Kaspar repeatedly mentions the Battle of Blenheim as a great and famous victory but he does not know the reason. He has a romantic view of war even after receiving the sufferings himself during the war and after thousands of killings. This is all about the hollow romantic ideals regarding war that warmongers have created very carefully in people’s minds. Southey’s poem is a protest against the heroic ideals of war.

So, if you want a one-liner as a moral of the poem, here it is — “War can never be great.”

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Chitrangda answered 2 years ago

The poem gives a strong message that war is not an option and nothing ever justifies the loss of lives and destruction caused by the war and rather we can say that war doesn’t make a country winner or loser, it causes destruction between the two.

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siri answered 2 years ago

Horrors Of War: 
‘After Blenheim’ uses an ironic structure to bring home the idea that war is horrible. Thousands of persons are killed, wounded or maimed. Houses are burnt down. People become homeless. Ordinary soldiers lay down their lives. War-Heroes are praised. Victories are extolled.

Generation Gap:
Another theme that the poem seems to project is the difference between the viewpoints of the old and the new generation. The Old men like Kaspar have no fresh thinking over almost everything. They are conventional and undaring. They are mostly guided by blind patriotism.

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Apoorva C answered 2 years ago
  1. Aftermath of war
  2. Man’s inhumanity to man
  3. Curiosity and lack of it
  4. Unnecessary complacency
  5. Chiding wars, and their unjustified glorification.

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Drithi answered 2 years ago

It was a famous victory and had many destructions caused by that. So the main theme of poem is

1. the cruelty of man to man because of worst behaviour of men.
2. curiosity and lack of it. The children were too curious to know about the war but old Kaspar was unable to say the reason for the war.

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Manaswini Reddy Kaipu answered 9 months ago

Pointlessness of the war
The war bore no fruits. There was only destruction and death but no gain. Many innocent lives were taken in the war but no reasonable result. Many pregnant mothers and little children were cruelly killed. But of what use?

Curiosity and the lack of it
The children were very curious about the war and the reason the English and french fought for. But old Kaspar didn’t know and did not care about the results and the reasons of the war. All he cared for that the English and Austria together defeated the french and that it was a great victory.

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Sreejita Sinha Roy answered 2 months ago

The poem is an anti-war poem as it advocates the phylosophy of violence. Here, through old kaspar we are made aware about the huge devastation of the war and cruelty between humans.

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