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The Man He Killed Analysis



Author: poem of Thomas Hardy Type: poem Views: 75

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Had he and I but met

By some old ancient inn,

We should have set us down to wet

Right many a nipperkin!



But ranged as infantry,

And staring face to face,

I shot at him as he at me,

And killed him in his place.



I shot him dead because--

Because he was my foe,

Just so: my foe of course he was;

That's clear enough; although



He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,

Off-hand like--just as I--

Was out of work--had sold his traps--

No other reason why.



Yes; quaint and curious war is!

You shoot a fellow down

You'd treat, if met where any bar is,

Or help to half a crown.






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The form is that of a simple ballad with straightforward quatrains

| Posted on 2015-02-26 | by a guest


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breif explanation;
the man talking is bored and this is why he goes to the war, for something to do and he says if he had met this man in another placr they could have been friends but he had to shot him because that is what he is there for and that is what he had to do other wise he would have been killed himself. he hen reflects on it saying that they are very similar and could have helped eachother out with money etc. :-)

| Posted on 2012-05-13 | by a guest


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In this essay I am going to be writing about a poem named “The man he killed” written by Thomas Hardy during the Boer War in 1902. The poem is about a man in battle, he guy had to make a decision and pull the trigger, a life an death situation, he then regrets killing him, because if they were not enemies he thinks they would have been friends.
The structure of the poem is set out as a nursery rhyme so the first thing you expect to read is a happy poem, but you get taken by surprise when you realise the poem is a very depressing poem, about war, because when you imagine war you become sad.
In the first stanza Hardy explains that they could have been friends if they met in a different atmosphere as he says “Had her and I but met by some old ancient inn” so this means if they did not meet in war, and there main object was to kill eachother they would have “have sat us down to wet, right many a nipperkin!” so they would had a drink together and had fun in a different atmosphere, he doesn’t feel happy about shooting him.
The image of war we are presented with in the second stanza is two men staring at each other, looking really angry and upset, then they both raise there guns and shoot at each other “I shot at him as he at me”, then I see one of the men not aiming at the other correctly, so he looses the battle.

| Posted on 2012-02-23 | by a guest


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to me this poem means a lot. the guy had to make a decition an pull the trigger. a life an death situation i have been there and think its not an easy decition to make. its life and death.

| Posted on 2012-02-07 | by a guest


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the poem is about a man who went to war killed a man that he could have been friends with, and he thught of a reason of why he killed the man but the answer he came up with didn\'t convince him though :)

| Posted on 2011-12-01 | by a guest


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1st stanza
In the poem �The Man He Killed� a man shows us how futile war is. He says if they had met in an inn they would of shared many drinks. Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin!
But since they met at war and shot at each other and he ended killing the other man.
3rd stanza
He then tried to find a reason to justify the killing but fails to find one.
I shot him dead because-- Because he was my foe, Just so: my foe of course he was;
That\'s clear enough; although. This also tells us that he is struggling to find a reason as he said �because�, twice which implies hesitation. However he eventually comes to the conclusion that he had to because it was his foe. Although he is still conscious that this reason is not good enough and does not excuse him for what he did.

| Posted on 2010-12-24 | by a guest


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THE SOLDIER JOINED THE WAR NOT JUST FOR KILLING PEOPLE BUT FOR THE MONEY AND AS THE SECOND BOER WAS AT THE TIME OF THE VICTORIAN PERIOD SO EVERYTHING BACK THEN WAS A STRUGGLE.

| Posted on 2010-12-11 | by a guest


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the man he killed is about 19th to 20th centurary times after the boer war.

| Posted on 2009-12-09 | by a guest


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It is telling how that sometimes soldiers dont believe in the cause they are fighting for and it can come back to bite the soldiers in the ass.

| Posted on 2009-05-03 | by a guest


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1st stanza
In the poem “The Man He Killed” a man shows us how futile war is. He says if they had met in an inn they would of shared many drinks. Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin!
But since they met at war and shot at each other and he ended killing the other man.
3rd stanza
He then tried to find a reason to justify the killing but fails to find one.
I shot him dead because-- Because he was my foe, Just so: my foe of course he was;
That's clear enough; although. This also tells us that he is struggling to find a reason as he said “because”, twice which implies hesitation. However he eventually comes to the conclusion that he had to because it was his foe. Although he is still conscious that this reason is not good enough and does not excuse him for what he did.

| Posted on 2008-02-18 | by a guest




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