Whatever the reason, the speaker seems to grow very contemplative after this experience. It isn't easy to kill another man, even if it is one's supposed duty. In reaction, approximately 12, Boers migrated from the Cape Colony to more remote areas of the country between and The main image in this story is the star-shaped wound.
But, perhaps because he is a simple country man, and even though he realizes the man he killed was as human as himself, he cannot see the logical implications.
While the narrator's characterization is influential, the tone of the poem also promotes the theme of inhumanity. How might those differences change our attitudes toward his death? In real life, as a part of the infantry, the speaker stared a man in the face and shot him.
The diction in that line illustrates the callousness of war; the ironic wording demonstrates that people are unable to grasp soldiers' brutality and heartlessness. When gold and diamonds were discovered in the Boers' land, however, Britain desired the area, and the Boer War ensued.
He remembers very clearly what happened: Perhaps it was because of his background in fiction that Hardy often chose dramatic monologue as a poetic format. It also details some of his hopes and ambitions.
He loved his son, loved his life, loved playing basketball and sports. It shows mastry of the poet in handling the theme in mature poetical style. It was the bitter criticism of Jude that led Hardy to give up fiction for poetry in the s. Most of Hardy's poems are pessimistic, reflecting the dark side of man, especially his capacity for violence and cruelty, and this poem is no exception.
It is apparent that the speaker feels a bond with his victim, because the poem opens with an air of regret: When the South-African government refused full rights to foreigners, in particular English settlers, the British declared war. Hardy thus carefully sets up the symmetry between the two soldiers and the apparently interchangeable nature of their places, only to undermine it in the end.
These settlers moved into the territory across the Orange and Vaal rivers, the Transvaal region, seizing control of the land, enslaving the native inhabitants of the region, and fiercely defending their independence What Do I Read Next?
The extended length of these third lines may mimic a deeper dramatic weight given to these lines. His response is to lie to her and to wait until writing this vignette to undo that lie. The reader can imagine that he is thinking, for he does not know why he killed him.
Then he finally gives the reason.
The soldier is confused and repeating the word at the end leaving the soldier in pieces. We understand that individual soldiers do not necessarily nurture hatred for those they are fighting against, but see them as human beings in circumstances similar to their own, enlisting in order to earn money and support a family.
To feel that you have secret springs of insight entails some alienation; but as with Blake or Wordsworth, it also makes that insight more a cause of joy than of uneasiness.
Instead the speaker merely concludes:After settling his argument on why he killed the man, the stanza ends with the word “although,” indicating that there is more to be considered.
He goes on in the next. The fact that he has killed a man, a man a lot like himself, bothers him, but being a simple person he can only say "quaint and curious war is!" His condemnation of war goes no further than that.
The poem 'The Man He Killed' is though classical in setting but light in presentation having rhyming scheme abab recurring all the five stanzas in it. It shows mastry of the poet in handling the theme in mature poetical style/5(11).
In the first stanza, the poet says if they had met the man he killed at an inn or a bar, he would gladly have shared a few drinks with that man he killed.
The word “BUT” is a clue to the reader that this is an alternate situation: what could have happened, rather than what actually did, as does the word. "The Man He Killed" is a poem written by Thomas Hardy. Written init was first published in Harper's Weekly, Nov.
8 The first book publication was in his Time's Laughingstocks and Other Verses (London: Macmillan, ). This whole time he's been rationalizing the death of this man he shot, and now, lingering at the end of the line, there's this one little word: "although." It's enjambed with the stanza that follows, so we're left hanging about what he's thinking.Download