Collected Poems - Pages 50-63 Summary & Analysis

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In "The Show", Owen's soul rises up above the battlefield with Death and sees it from a bird's eye view. Owen sees caterpillars slinking into ditches and eating each other. Owen is frightened by what he sees and falls back to the ground along with Death, who shows Owen his own severed head.

"Spring Offensive" describes soldiers massing at the top of a hill. Although the soldiers enjoy the early summer weather, they are fearful of what is about to happen. They relax in the field until a cold breeze blows in, and they realize that the battle is about to begin. When the soldiers rush down the hill, they are butchered by entrenched soldiers on the other side. While some say that the soldiers who died were immediately taken by God, the soldiers who live do not speak about those...

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