state clearly how has the poet created an atmosphere of devastation caused by war in the poem
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The war, in the poem, has caused enough destruction for all the people, who are not even linked to the war, directly and indirectly. The soldiers burnt the villages near Blenheim and no one was spare, not even a “childing mother” nor a “new-born baby.” It was a massacre. Old Kaspar goes on describing the aftermath of the massacre by saying that it was a “shocking sight.” Dead bodies were not even proper burial but were left out in the poem, “rotting in the sun.” Old Kaspar says that his father used to live near the “little stream” but when the war broke out, “they burnt his dwelling to the ground.” Kaspar’s father was forced to flee with his wife and his child, having no idea where to go from there. This highlights the direct impact caused on the people in the name of war. The common people during that time suffered immensely, without having anything to do with the war, directly or indirectly.
Summary of After Blenheim Poem