What cost did people pay for the ‘great victory’ as narrated in the poem ‘After Blenheim’ by Robert Southey?
Common people had to pay a hefty price for the ‘famous victory’ in the Battle of Blenheim.
- The whole countryside was wasted with fire and sword. People’s houses were burnt down and they were left with no place to live.
- Many common people including childing mothers and new-born babies were killed.
- Thousands of soldiers from both sides were killed in the battle. Their bodies lay rotting in the sun ‘after the field was won’.
Thus the poet presents a picture of death and destruction caused by war through this poem.