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Drummer Hodge Analysis



Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 20


They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
Uncoffined -- just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
That breaks the veldt around:
And foreign constellations west
Each night above his mound.

Young Hodge the drummer never knew --
Fresh from his Wessex home --
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
Strange stars amid the gloam.

Yet portion of that unknown plain
Will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
His stars eternally.

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The poem is entitled "Drummer Hodge" to signify the importance of the people who died during the war.

| Posted on 2014-10-16 | by a guest


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Drummer Hodge isn't meant to be a particular name. Hardy uses it to represent all the people who also died without a proper burial during the war. Africaans language("kopje-crest" and "veldt") emphasises how foreign the place they died was to them. References to cosmic imagery, like "strange stars" and "stange-eyed constellations" reaffirm this. Hardy is trying to say that these people died somewhat needlessly and perhaps without fully realising what they were fighting for. The ephiphet of "Young" reinforces this, as he didn't fully understand war and had much of his life ahead of him. Who "they" is isn't actually important, but it shows the harsh reality of war.

| Posted on 2014-04-01 | by a guest


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the themes of the poem can be answered and simplyfied to thomas' life.It is unusual in War poetry for the soldier to have a name, and especially in the case of Drummer Hodge, who is simply a Drummer and no-one of importance on the battlefield; he would have taken part in the last of the cavalry charges with flags. However, as the 20th century has gone on, we have started to remember the soldiers that have been killed on the battlefield by their individual names.
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| Posted on 2014-03-25 | by a guest


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the themes of the poem can be answered and simplyfied to thomas' life.It is unusual in War poetry for the soldier to have a name, and especially in the case of Drummer Hodge, who is simply a Drummer and no-one of importance on the battlefield; he would have taken part in the last of the cavalry charges with flags. However, as the 20th century has gone on, we have started to remember the soldiers that have been killed on the battlefield by their individual names.
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| Posted on 2014-03-25 | by a guest


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uncoffined is a make up word to show how Hodge\'s death was treated, uncared.The use of foreign words such as kopje, Karoo emphasis the contrast between his \'homely\' wessex home

| Posted on 2013-05-03 | by a guest


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Even though \"Hodge\" make indicate that the boy was a simple country lad, in giving the boy any name at all Thomas Hardy gives him dignity, as non-commissioned soldiers were buried without a name on any grave. The juxtaposition of \"Drummer\" and \"Hodge\" shows the respect Hardy meant to show the death of even a poor boy killed in battle far away from home. DC

| Posted on 2012-12-14 | by a guest


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Introduction: This poem is about the tragic end of Hodge, the English drummer who represents the simple, unpretentious drummer who was central to war fare during the time. The youngest of the soldiers were the drummers in the troops. A drummer’s role in the war was to communicate the orders of the commanders who were otherwise not audible amidst the noise of the cannons and the cries of the dying and the wounded. The sounds of the drums were also instrumental in instilling courage and confidence amongst the fighting soldiers. Here, a young lad makes an alien landscape his permanent home and becomes an unimportant figure within the context of the war, yet someone who transcends all human conflict.
Summary: When the drummer dies and is found, he is just buried into the ground uncoffined. The poor lad did not want to die and even though he died in a war, he wasn’t given a royal funeral. He remained insignificant to those who found him. His landmark was a small hill which rose from an area of plain land. Every night there were foreign constellations above his grave which the drummer was not familiar with.
The young boy did not even know the meaning of war. He was just pulled into the scenario. He was taken to a foreign land which he did not recognize. Though, he was a stranger to the land, he will live there forever. He was a person who was born in the North and now his remains will be absorbed by the roots of some foreign tree. He did not even get the opportunity of knowing the land. He will never touch his homeland again.

| Posted on 2012-10-04 | by a guest


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to whom this may concern,
i beleive that the poem is trying to portray the fact that drummmer hodge is in fact not a drummer but a guitarist and only likes licking lollies.

| Posted on 2012-10-02 | by a guest


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Young Drummer Hodge was thrown into the ground just as he was found. No burial rituals. In a foreign land as if his life was worth nothing. Drummer Hodge died in an alien land. He was a stranger to it. The stars above where he rests are unfamiliar and unknown to him, but that is where he will be forever. Innocent and below his years. Drummers are not allowed to be shot at in the battle field so he did not even think that he would die. Taken away from his home to a new place to serve in a battle field unknown. Such was the tragedy of Drummer Hodge\'s life. \'Hodge\' is a common name to show the unimportant shown towards his short life.

| Posted on 2012-08-05 | by a guest


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this poem is trying to show the brutality of war and the way that sacrifice is needed for any gain.\'they throw in drummer hodge to rest\' i think that this is to be taken literally as a sign of the rushed effort and the lack of a coffin.

| Posted on 2012-03-26 | by a guest


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The \"Drummer Hodge\" represents the common soldier- common being what we all become in death, a part of a common fallen population. That he is buried without the dignity of his own cultures burial rites (un coffin\'d), en yet his grave is marked by the constellations of the universe, and the trees of the earth. He is thus exalted in a way far greater than any human ritual can provide. We recognize the spiritual value of this lowly drummer- one of the Creators own, joined with all creation, a part of the great whole. (Reader could consider John Donnes \"For Whom the Bell Tolls\"). lest we forget- POW/MIA

| Posted on 2012-02-10 | by a guest


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Drummer could be referring to a drumstick perhaps? the kids lollypop thing, shows how children lick it just like drummer hodge is being licked by the veldt around him

| Posted on 2011-05-22 | by a guest


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drummer hodge i love this poem!!!! ;P can anyone help me anaylise it? ;P

| Posted on 2011-05-06 | by a guest


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The name Hodge is a derravation of the name Roger- it is now a name but at the time the poem was written it was a derogatory term for somebody from the country-side.
What does the landscape represent in the poem? What is the effect of it? Pathetic Fallacy?

| Posted on 2011-03-06 | by a guest


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I really enjoy this poem, i love the fact it makes no sense at all and confuses me beyong belief. that is truely a beautiful factor of it. it also relates to posner and hector in the history boys. yeaaa

| Posted on 2010-10-20 | by a guest


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I am called Hodge and I am from the Wessex Countryside. I am upset that one person has said that Hodge isn\'t a name... It may have used to be a term for \'Bumpkin\' but it has always been a name.

| Posted on 2010-08-01 | by a guest


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Thomas Hardy read in his local paper of a 'drummer boy' who had been killed in battle. 'Hodge' was a general term used then for 'country bumpkin'. Here Hardy explores the cruelty of war to the individual. In this poem he muses on how sad it is for a boy, too young to understand war, to be buried in an alien landscape so far from home. The word 'uncoffined' underlines the lack of dignity in the boy's death, yet the epitaph of the poem offers some belated dignity.
Elizabeth Parker

| Posted on 2010-05-21 | by a guest


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I so love this poem. In it, you can feel the emptiness and the longing of a boy lost in time, forgotten.

| Posted on 2010-05-03 | by a guest


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Hodge isn't a name. It's a term for a country yokel type. What is atypical is that unlike others at the time(like Kipling) Hardy didn't show the Drummer boy in some glorious war story where a boy becomes a man type thing. He show the results of the battle, the aftermath. the forgotten, broken drummer boy.

| Posted on 2010-01-05 | by a guest


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How poignant an epitaph for a fallen soldier, and how relevant to today.

| Posted on 2009-12-15 | by a guest


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It is unusual in War poetry for the soldier to have a name, and especially in the case of Drummer Hodge, who is simply a Drummer and no-one of importance on the battlefield; he would have taken part in the last of the cavalry charges with flags. However, as the 20th century has gone on, we have started to remember the soldiers that have been killed on the battlefield by their individual names.
Hardy’s way of using rhyme in Drummer Hodge feels more subtle, he uses punctuation and polysyllables to create a different type of rhyme. He also uses softer vowel sounds to rhyme, such as ‘rest’ and ‘crest’ compared to Tennyson’s harsher sounding ‘well’ and ‘hell’. The different types of rhyme are used to portray different feelings in the poems, Tennyson is portraying a patriotic charge towards death and Hardy is more reflective, he seems to be questioning the reasons surrounding war, and in some ways criticising it.

| Posted on 2009-10-28 | by a guest


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The analysis you have given is not related to the poem Drummer Hodge. How is it relevant?

| Posted on 2009-04-09 | by a guest


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Build-up to war
[edit] Conflict over the Holy Land
The chain of events leading to Britain and France declaring war on Russia on 28 March 1854 can be traced to the 1851 coup d'état in France. Napoleon III had his ambassador to the Ottoman Empire force the Ottomans to recognize France as the "sovereign authority" in the Holy Land.[14]
Quickly, the Russians made counterclaims to this newest change in "authority" in the Holy Land. Pointing to two more treaties, one in 1757 and the other in 1774, the Ottomans reversed their earlier decision, renouncing the French treaty and insisting that Russia was the protector of the Orthodox Christians in the Ottoman Empire. Napoleon III responded with a show of force, sending the ship of the line Charlemagne to the Black Sea, a violation of the London Straits Convention.[14] France's show of force, combined with aggressive diplomacy and money, induced Sultan Abdülmecid I to accept a new treaty, confirming France and the Roman Catholic Church as the supreme Christian authority in the Holy Land with control over the Christian holy places and possession of the keys to the Church of the Nativity, previously held by the Greek Orthodox Church.[15]
Tsar Nicholas I then deployed his 4th and 5th Army Corps along the River Danube, and had Count Karl Nesselrode, his foreign minister, undertake talks with the Ottomans. Nesselrode confided to the British ambassador in St Petersburg, Sir Hamilton Seymour:
[The dispute over the holy places] had assumed a new character - that the acts of injustice towards the Greek church which it had been desired to prevent had been perpetrated and consequently that now the object must be to find a remedy for these wrongs. The success of French negotiations at Constantinople was to be ascribed solely to intrigue and violence - violence which had been supposed to be the ultima ratio of kings, being, it had been seen, the means which the present ruler of France was in the habit of employing in the first instance.[16]
As conflict loomed over the question of the holy places, Nicholas I and Nesselrode began a diplomatic offensive which they hoped would prevent either Britain or France from interfering in any conflict between Russia and the Ottomans, as well as to prevent them from allying together.

Cornet Henry Wilkin, 11th Hussars, British Army. Photo by Roger FentonNicholas began courting Britain through Seymour. Nicholas insisted that he no longer wished to expand Imperial Russia further, but that he had an obligation to Christian communities in the Ottoman Empire.
The Tsar next dispatched a diplomat, Prince Menshikov, on a special mission to the Porte. By previous treaties, the Sultan was committed "to protect the Christian religion and its churches", but Menshikov attempted to negotiate a new treaty, under which Russia would be allowed to interfere whenever it deemed the Sultan's protection inadequate. Further, this new synod, a religious convention, would allow Russia to control the Orthodox Church's hierarchy in the Ottoman Empire. Menshikov arrived at Constantinople on 16 February on the steam-powered warship Gromovnik. Menshikov broke protocol at the Porte when, at his first meeting with the Sultan, he condemned the Ottoman's concessions to the French. Menshikov also began demanding the replacement of highly-placed Ottoman civil servants.
The British embassy at Constantinople at the time was being run by Hugh Rose, chargé d'affaires for the British. Usi

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