Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed"
A brief analysis of this poem by Thomas Hardy and how it can be viewed within the context of the Iraq War.
# 63047 | 1,300 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005

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This paper begins by presenting a short literary analysis of the poem "The Man he Killed" by Thomas Hardy. It mentions theme, tone, diction and narrative and other literary devices used throughout the poem. The paper then compares the anti-war tone of the poem to the current Iraq war. The author of the paper presents the negative aspects of the war and questions its justifications.

From the Paper:

""Had he and I but met/By some old ancient inn," are the first two lines of Thomas Hardy's "The Man He Killed." The poem is narrative poetry that is told through the eyes of a solider who relates his wartime experience. The soldier doesn't seem to be taking the experience too well and regrets that he had to kill the enemy. By reading 20 lines of poetry, it is clear that the speaker in this story is totally against the war and he has a legitimate claim and many will agree with his protest. War is not a pretty sight and with it comes consequences that we don't think too much about."

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