In each poem the pace differs a lot. From the external context, we may notice that during Victorian era, crutch has great power in ruling. Thomas Hardy wrote poems such as The Man He Killed as a way to express his feelings about the Boer wars which were going on during his time. Hardy tries to reveal the condition of war and what people perceive. The rhyme scheme and rhythm are also regular and give the poem quite a fast pace.
Hardy had always been centered on the rural life of England and Victorian hypocrisy. Yet it becomes clear in the second stanza that they in fact met as foot soldiers on opposing sides in a battle, and being confronted with each other, one had to die. His father was a stonemason and a violinist, and his mother encouraged him to follow his passions. New Delhi, India: Atlantic Publishers and Distributors, 1997: 89. I think, Thomas Hardy shows God interference in this stanza.
It changes in the second, third, fourth stanza, and becomes harsh. Rhythm and Rhyme This poem follows a pretty simple scheme. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. The first stanza clearly describes what the narrator truly has in mind which is the opposite of the reality that he is facing. By doing so, we will get the general idea which may bring us to the more detail message. Most of his stories were not really similar to the plot of his life, but his writing career lasted about fifty years long maybe more.
Hardy's poem reintroduces many war themes and has many similarities with other poems he has written. Overall, it made him question the purpose of killing others for the sake of war. The man was a soldier in the war the speaker fought in. Because he is not an experienced soldier, the narrator finds it difficult to comprehend the situation. It was not a positive decision, but a last resort when there were no other options. Tone of The Man he Killed and Conclusion Tone of the Poem: The tone is light, sardonic and rhythmical, but beneath it lurks an immense sadness. This poem is spoken in first person.
Written in 1902, it was first published in Harper's Weekly, Nov. Instead of metaphors and similes, the poem focuses on a 'what if' type of situation. We are introduced to him as the poet wonders what would have happened in a different situation. This is a tragic victorian novel, in which Thomas Hardy has shown how fate, chance, and coincidence can affect a life and how much things can change. The theme of inhumanity is promoted by the narrator's characterization. This stanza makes it clear that the speaker wishes that he had met this man under different circumstances. Both poems are effective in bringing out the horrors of war, both during and after.
The poem is written in a conversational tone, with speech marks included, making us feel that the soldier is telling us personally in an informal way, and debating with us to understand his action in killing his enemy. The tone was used to emphasize what he felt, which you can tell by its tone, anger, sadness, happiness and excitement in the poem. I feel this poem is more personal to its audience and through the language he uses, the audience are able to paint a better visual picture of the scenes of war in the poem. A significant influence on later poets including Frost, Auden, Dylan Thomas, and Philip Larkin , his influence has increased during the course of the century, offering an alternative—more down-to-earth, less rhetorical—to the more mystical and aristocratic precedent of Yeats. He accomplished many things and wrote a lot of books, poems, and novels.
The last line obliquely impraginates the real purpose of killing that man -'to help half a crown'. The poem is used by Hardy to shed light on the ravages war brings in its wake. The poet rushes over these lines as the pace increases. And his inconstancy ends the sentence in a cliffhanger, which is continued in the next stanza. . Then suddenly the pace of the poem slows right down, as the readers learn of a poor soldier who was to late. No similies or metaphores - talkes about how they could've met in a bar instead of a battlefield.
The poet used strong words to help you create an image in your head of how war affected their lives. Whatever the reason, the speaker seems to grow very contemplative after this experience. Posted on 2009-02-12 by a guest Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing. Posted on 2009-02-22 by a guest. The title of the poem too can be read as a quip on the subject. All of its line is not too long or too short, its idea is well organized, and each stanza expresses a different idea, except the first and the last stanza. He left fiction writing for poetry, and published eight collections, including Wessex Poems 1898 and Satires of Circumstance 1912.
He tried to find a reason to justify the killing but fails to find one. Then he finally gives the reason. The author uses various literary techniques to convey his mockery and careless attitude towards the sinking of the ship. This poem is a quatrain, which is balanced and each stanza is 4 lines, so it sounds regular. Analysis 2 The poem is spoken in first person, using a young soldier as the speaker. Thomas Hardy died in 1928. How far would one go for their country and push away their own thoughts and morals? War can sever and dissolve friendship and there seems to be a thin line between friend and foe.