The Man He Killed
by Amy Jonsson
In the essay i'm writing about, 'The Man He Killed' by Thomas Hardy. This poem is about two enemies that are at war and one of the guys joined up because he didn't have a job and so he could get paid money but when he goes to the war he shoots his fellow down.
The Poems speaker has an unhappy but regretful voice because he is speaking about his life at war with his enemy and how it felt to be in war without a job.
The man he killed as two techniques which are repetition and simile.
in this essay i will show the use of the poetic techniques which include repetition and simile.
I shot at him as he at me:
One is left dead and the other still enjoys the ability to be able to reflect on the actions.
Just so: my foe of course he was;
just so; just a war tradition of course he was my foe. He's my enemy but this has to be done.
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The technique adds to the poems meaning by the setting of this poem, in the war times. There are effects that have occurred within the two stanza's, these effects have made the poem feel like he is talking about what he should of done but instead he did the complete opposite but when he realises that it is war he finds out that it's part of what he has to do. in stanza one is has rhymes, the rhymes included are 'wet' and 'met' and inn rhymes with nipperkin.
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There are effects that have occurred within stanza 3 these effects add to the meaning of the poem by the man talking sound like he is in a a different pair of shoes which made him regret what he has done. in the stanza there are rhymes, the rhymes included are 'because' and 'was' which rhyme and 'foe' and 'although' rhyme as well.
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In both stanzas they both include rhymes. In stanza four, the words 'i' and 'why' rhyme but 'list' and 'traps' don't rhyme.In stanza five the two 'is' a repeating's of themselves and 'down' and 'crown' both rhyme. In these stanzas we can imagine what the man is saying, he could be saying what he would of brought his enemy which would include a drink or to give his enemy money, so that they can both survive and become friends with one another.