It is the unit of measurement of volume. The speaker then goes on to describe how he killed the guy and tries to explain why. Yes; quaint and curious war is! 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. The narrator here knows that he could easily have been the one to die. On another level, it is an example of the entire mechanism of war. In another reading, it can be found that it the Man may very well mean the speaker.
In addition, Hardy illustrates that the narrator does not seem to know why he is killing another man and tries to justify his actions. So they assumed that to attack the guns that are protecting the city of Sebastopol. 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. Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! In real life, as a part of the infantry, the speaker stared a man in the face and shot him. Themes of The Man he Killed There are various themes in this poem. Hardy's initial tone in the story is sympathetic. I shot at him because he was the enemy.
He felt that he must have a deeper reason, but he could not find one. Hardy actually 'bends the truth' to put his point of inhumanity across. His preoccupation with the theme of bitter relationships was probably due to his estrangement with his first wife, Emma. And so they will be forgotten. Middle There is a kill-or-be-killed situation which portrays human vs. He remorsefully says that wars are strange-quaint and curious. Situational Irony Verbal Irony Understatement Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have set us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! Despite the fact that he knows the obvious reasons for his actions, that during a war it is a 'kill or be killed' situation, he still tries to find a deeper meaning.
Yes; quaint and curious war is! Through this poem, Hardy is expressing the human vs. Yes; quaint and curious war is! Hardy includes indications that he is pessimistic toward war and its effect on humanity; he illustrates war as a cold, planned act of inhumanity against a fellow man. The narrator justifies about killing of another man in battle, and reflects on how much he and his victim had in common. This knowledge of the effects of war, and his first hand experience of war, brought Hardy to write poems which expressed a desire for peace. Yet they shoot and kill what could be a nice person or even a friend just because of the circumstances they met in, this creates a deep sympathy for those that died.
You may go through the Central Idea of The Man he Killed The central idea of the poem is the futility of war and the havoc it wreaks. Stanza 5 Quaint: weird; strange. But in the end, the speaker doesn't have a good reason for killing the man, because the other man was a complete stranger, and what did he ever do to this guy? The reader does not yet know what the circumstances were that led to the speaker shooting the man. Hardy, by representing an honest aftermath of war through a rural setting, tries to drive home the point he so fervently makes. The poem is direct in its attack on the war culture. Instead of metaphors and similes, the poem focuses on a 'what if' type of situation.
The stanza, however, ends with the word 'although', telling us that the writer is not in fact at ease with the idea that he has killed his enemy. The actual act of the killing isn't really described or detailed. He admits he killed a man of the opposing faction because he belonged to the enemy troop, but he also admits that he probably would have been a friend to him in other circumstances. Tennyson thought the light brigade was brave to charge into the guns as a cavalry something of bravery as they were clearly going to be outmatched which surprisingly was against the rules of war. Yes; quaint and curious war is! He rejected the Victorian belief in a benevolent God, and much of his poetry reads as a sardonic lament on the bleakness of the human condition. The somberness is just the right amount to bring out the futility of war and loss of human lives as a result.
This stanza makes it clear that the speaker wishes that he had met this man under different circumstances. But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him as he at me, And killed him in his place. Repeating the word 'because', he states that he had to kill the other soldier since he was his enemy. He shares the contrast between how he treated the man and how he would have treated. The time period in which Hardy lived was such that he experienced war first hand. This is because both men were fighting to save their lives.
He did not go to war with the desire to kill a man, and now that he has killed a man, he cannot explain to himself why he has done it. 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. The speaker thinks about the man as being somewhat like himself. He trained as an architect and worked in London and Dorset for ten years. War is a man-made creation, but it is not man's instinct to murder others. This also begs the question of the casualty of wars.
Hardy wrote during the Boer War in 1902, its theme is timeless. Thus, his poetry reflects his feelings toward humanity, giving them a rather dark and cynical feel. By condemning his own action and subverting it at the same time the speaker makes it clear that the ones to blame are the few, select ones for whose cause millions die, and many become killers. 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. The language is very straightforward and easy to comprehend with the exception of two or three words.
He felt that either there was not god to save us, or if there were a supreme being, He did not concern himself about man's fate. 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. This poem is quite sorrowful unlike suicide in the trenches which has more of a darker plot about the effects war can induce on a person mentally not just by the enemy. As a sidenote, he also beckons towards the establishment of propagandist killings, and how they are justified in our society. Hardy's poetry explores a fatalist outlook against the dark, rugged landscape of his native Dorset. Conclusion In final stanza he questions the motives of war.