Study Guide

The Man He Killed Tough-o-Meter

By Thomas Hardy

Tough-o-Meter

(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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