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Context
Robert Southey wrote it in
1798 looking back to
1704 when the Duke of
Marlborough defeated the
French and Austrians.
In 1798, Southey wanted to
avoid another war with
France. However, the
Napoleonic Wars (1792-
1815) saw Britain and
France fight in many
battles with thousands
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Story of the poem
Old Kaspar is a peasant
who lives on the former
battlefield. His grandchild
finds a skull and ask what
it is. Kaspar tells him
about the war and how
thousands died in the
fields. Although he knows
it was a famous victory,
Kaspar cannot tell his
grandchild what good
came from the war.…read more

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Ballad
The poem is a ballad. This is a narrative
(story) which has a simple rhyming style,
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Rhythm
There is a regular rhythm to the
poem. It sounds upbeat and What is
almost jolly. This is helped by
· a regular number of syllables in strange or
alternate lines (between six and
eight); interesting
· Rhyming words at the end of
each line with a regular rhyme
about a
pattern in each stanza (abcbdd);
· regular emphasis on the final
war poem
rhyming word;
· Rhyming couplet at the end of
with such
each stanza; a childlike
· Repetition of a variation of the
last line of stanzas 3-6 and 8-11. rhythm?…read more

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