How did the poet portray the two viewpoints in the poem After Blenheim?

How did the poet portray the two viewpoints in the poem After Blenheim?

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    The poet has portrayed two viewpoints in the poem through Old Kaspar and through his grandchildren. When Old Kaspar was narrating the horrors of the battle, he sugarcoats it and made it seem as if the that war was beneficial for the nation. On hearing these tales, Wilhelmine exclaim in horror how “wicked” it all is. But the grandfather shushes her saying that it actually wasn’t as it was for a “famous victory.” Kaspar glorifies war instead of accepting it as a mean of physical and psychological trauma. Unlike his little granddaughter, he is oblivious to the truth and lives under the illusions created by the rulers of the time. Due to this mindset, all the matters to Old Kaspar was victory only. This is how the poet presents the two viewpoints, one of the generation who glorifies war and the other who outwardly condemns war.

    used to sugarcoat it and make the common people believe that war is beneficial for the nation. On hearing these tales, Wilhelmine exclaim in horror how wicked it all is. But the grandfather shushes her saying that it actually wasn’t as it was for a famous victory. Kaspar glorifies war instead of accepting it as a mean of physical and psychological trauma. Unlike his little granddaughter, he is oblivious to the truth and lives under the illusions created by the rulers of the time. Due to this mindset, all the matters to Old Kaspar was victory only.

    used to sugarcoat it and make the common people believe that war is beneficial for the nation. On hearing these tales, Wilhelmine exclaim in horror how wicked it all is. But the grandfather shushes her saying that it actually wasn’t as it was for a famous victory. Kaspar glorifies war instead of accepting it as a mean of physical and psychological trauma. Unlike his little granddaughter, he is oblivious to the truth and lives under the illusions created by the rulers of the time. Due to this mindset, all the matters to Old Kaspar was victory only.

    Summary of After Blenheim Poem

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