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Spender, Stephen. "What I Expected".

Summary and Analysis

- unrhymed, with the exception of occasional imperfect rhyme

- the speaker briefly describes his romanticised expectations about war, then shifts to devote the remaining ¾ of the poem to the description of his own unromantic experience of war

- did expect a tough struggle of man against man

- but: did not foresee the long days of inactivity corrupting both body and soul, the depressive processions of the crippled and dying, the intrusive questions weakening the will, etc.

- concludes with his general disillusion about the lack of "trust" to keep him aloof the horrors of war


  • Author

    Spender, Stephen. (1909 - 1995).
  • Full Title

    "What I Expected".
  • Form


Works Cited

Spender, Stephen. "What I Expected". Collected Poems. 1928 - 1985. London: Faber and Faber, 1990.


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