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Quote #4

Or, discontent, boil bloody, and be spilled.
they will be swift with swiftness of the tigress,
None will break ranks, though nations trek from progress. (27-29)

Basically people are going to keep on fighting in wars, even though it does the exact opposite of what it intends to do. Rather than gain progress, countries seem to be moving backwards every time they go to war (at least that's what's up according to Owen).

Quote #5

I would have poured my spirit without stint
But not through wounds; not on the cess of war. (37-38)

Again, this soldier is saying that had he lived longer, he would have lived life to the absolute fullest. He would have given his all to just about anything (slubberdoffer? mime?—we didn't make these up, they did) except for fighting in war.

Quote #6

I am the enemy you killed, my friend. (40)

Speaker number two finally calls speaker number one out: uhh, you killed me, bro! But all's fair in love and war, right? Well, yes and no. Owen shows us just how messed up war is with the "enemy" and "friend" contradiction. War has a way of blinding men so they can no longer see soldiers as people, or friends for that matter. And if they can't see them as people, then they're easier to kill when the time comes. Did someone say bleak?

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