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Quatrains of Iambic Trimeter and TetrameterActivity time. Let's scan the second stanza, just for kicks: "But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed hi...
You can see this speaker in one of two ways: he's a bumbling oaf who doesn't get the magnitude of his actions, or he's a wounded, shell-shocked veteran of a terrible war.Of course, he's probably a...
It's easy to imagine our speaker sitting at a bar shooting the breeze with his buddy, trying to make him understand what it's like to shoot a man face to face on the battlefield. That's the easy pa...
Being a dramatic monologue, this poem sounds exactly like what it is—a dude talking. He stumbles over his words, repeats himself, hashes things out as he goes, and even has hints of an accent or...
What's Up With the Title?
Here's the thing. This entire poem is written in the first person. We're hearing about this battlefield death from the mouth of the man who actually made that death happen.Which raises the question...
Realistic, Historical PoemHardy wrote his fair share of war poems—"Drummer Hodge," "Channel Firing," "In Time of 'The Breaking of Nations.'" But he also wrote other poems about major historical e...
(2) Sea LevelThis poem begs to be understood. There are no references to obscure myths or funky words that you can't guess the meaning of (except maybe nipperkin). The real work of "The Man He Kill...
Thomas Hardy set all of his poetry in a semi-fictional area called Wessex that corresponded to a real area of southwest England. So… why not just set it in southwest England? (Source.)Hardy was a...
GWar poems tend not to be all that sexy. Just sayin'.
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