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    i hate poems personally and i'm crap at analysing it..
    HOWEVER our eng choose poetry for our oral commentry.. (crap)
    so i have this really huge (well kind of) assignment on this poem..
    (a practice before the real one i guess)
    but i'm really really reallllyyyyy crap with poems... so i need some
    desperate help!!

    Spring Offensive

    Halted against the shade of a last hill,
    They fed, and lying easy, were at ease
    And, finding comfortable chests and knees
    Carelessly slept. But many there stood still
    To face the stark, blank sky beyond the ridge,
    Knowing there feet had come to the end of the world.

    Marvelling they stood, and watched the long grass swirled
    By the May breeze, murmurous with wasp and midge,
    For though the summer oozed into their veins
    Like the injected drug for their bones’ pains,
    Sharp on their souls hung the imminent line of grass,
    Fearfully flashed the sky’s mysterious glass.

    Hour after hour they ponder the warm field –
    And the far valley behind, where the buttercups
    Had blessed with gold their slow boots coming up,
    Where even the little brambles would not yield,
    But clutched and clung to them like sorrowing hands;
    They breathe like trees unstirred.

    Till like a cold gust thrilled the little word
    At which each body and its soul begird
    And tighten them for battle. No alarms
    Of bugles, no high flags, no clamorous haste –
    Only a lift and flare of eyes that faced
    The sun, like a friend with whom their love is done/
    O larger shone that smile against the sun, --
    Mightier than his whose bounty these have spurned

    So, soon they topped the hill, and raced together
    Over an open stretch of herb and heather
    Exposed. And instantly the whole sky burned
    With fury against them; and soft sudden cups
    Opened in thousands for their blood; and the green slopes
    Chasmed and steeped sheer to infinite space.

    Of them who running on that last high place
    Leapt to swift unseen bullets, or went up
    On the hot blast and fury of hell’s upsurge,
    Or plunged and fell away past this world’s verge,
    Some say God caught them even before they fell.

    But what say such as from existence’ brink
    Ventured but drave too swift to sink.
    The few who rushed in the body to enter hell.
    And there out-fiending all its fiends and flames
    With superhuman in humanities,
    Long-famous glories, immemorial shames –
    And crawling slowly back, have by degrees
    Regained cool peaceful air in wonder—
    Why speak they not of comrades that went under?

    anyone know what the context of this poem is??
    all i know is that it is a war poem that owen wrote during WW1...
    and any other analysis or any sort is welcome!!
    i'm suppose to give an analysis of this poem for 8 mintues infront of class.. (ex. the context of the poem, any figure of speech and its effect, what he is trying to communicate/connate.. etc)
    believe me i need help..

    hi bumface...i found these notes on the web:


    Is your location a reference to Alan Partridge? If so, I salute you

    (Original post by Parisian Scot)
    Is your location a reference to Alan Partridge? If so, I salute you
    Mr P lives a few doors down from me.
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    hey thanks for the site!

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