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The Man He Killed
The Man He Killed
by Thomas Hardy

Tough-O-Meter

We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(2) Sea Level

This 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 Killed" is sorting out the big moral and ethical questions of killing and war—but hey, that's your job, not the poem's.

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