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The Man He Killed Thomas Hardy. Background on Hardy Hardy lived from 1840 to 1928. He was the son of a mason, from Dorset, in the south west of England.

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1 The Man He Killed Thomas Hardy

2 Background on Hardy Hardy lived from 1840 to He was the son of a mason, from Dorset, in the south west of England. He studied to be an architect, and worked in this profession for many years. He also began to write prose fiction. Hardy eventually published many novels - these vary in merit but include many which are established as masterpieces of English fiction.Hardy lived from 1840 to He was the son of a mason, from Dorset, in the south west of England. He studied to be an architect, and worked in this profession for many years. He also began to write prose fiction. Hardy eventually published many novels - these vary in merit but include many which are established as masterpieces of English fiction.

3 What he looks like…

4 The Man He Killed "Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet Right many a nipperkin!"Had he and I but met By some old ancient inn, We should have sat us down to wet Right many a nipperkin! "But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him and he at me, And killed him in his place."But ranged as infantry, And staring face to face, I shot at him and 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"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." Thomas Hardy

5 Had he and I but met (A) By some old ancient inn, (B) We should have set us down to wet (A) We should have set us down to wet (A) Right many a nipperkin! (B) This verse is the introduction to the poem. It sets the scene. The main event- the killing- has already taken place and the poet is reflecting on the event.. Which allows him to give the readers a sense of place before he begins- almost like a flash back. DICTIONARY: Nipperkin: a half empty vessel in this case probably used to contain alcohol. The word BUT is a clue to the reader that this is an alternate situation: what could have happened, rather than what actually did, as does the word HAD, and SHOULD. Introduces the main two characters The rhyming pattern ABAB gives it a jolly tone, enhanced by the use of the exclamation mark. Makes the tone seem general, almost flippant STANZA ONE ‘old’ and ‘ancient’ have, when coupled with the ‘jolly’ tone, connotations of cosiness

6 But ranged as infantry, (C) And staring face to face, (D) I shot at him and he at me, (C) And killed him in his place. (D) The main action in the poem takes place here. This is the event that the whole poem is about and it is surprisingly simple. In this stanza, he kills a man, a stranger. STANZA TWO The rhyming pattern in the same as the pattern in the first one, and gives the poem an innocent feel. This is also coupled with the phrase ‘face to face’, a well known phrase gives it the simplicity of a nursery rhyme. He doesn't say anything about how the man looked, whether he was tall or short, he just refers to him as he. In his death, the man is still a stranger to him. He doesn’t even give detail about his face- and they were staring face to face. This whole line is very simple. It has a resigned tone about it, as if he only shot him because he was going to shoot him and vice versa- as shown by the almost sing-song rhythm of this line, which also makes it seem almost flippant, as with the first verse. It’s in first person so you can identify with him, and it’s easy for him to say how he feels

7 I shot him dead because – Because he was my foe, Just so – my foe of course he was; That's clear enough; although I shot him dead because – Because he was my foe, Just so – my foe of course he was; That's clear enough; although This is him justifying what he did. He is telling the audience how he knows nothing about him, that he was a stranger- the only clear fact he knows is that he was his ‘foe’. STANZA THREE He seems to falter here. He hesitates, and repeats a word, for the first time indicating that he feels at least some need to try to justify it to himself. This is the first time he describes the man in any way. An internal ryhme, although the hyphen makes it seem like two separate lines, again indicating that he is faltering, saying the words as they come to him Use of enjambment, adding to the affect of natural speech.

8 He thought he'd 'list perhaps, Off-hand like – just as I – Was out of work – had sold his traps – No other reason why. 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 stanza is simply him musing aloud. He is adding information and wondering about the other man’s life and, ‘shock, horror’ is finding that he was probably quite similar to him. STANZA FOUR Abbreviation for enlist. The whole poem is in the dialect the soldier would speak in. This adds more information to the stanza before, that he only killed because ha had to, and to save his own life. The hyphens add again to the effect of natural speech. They increase in number with each stanza, as if he’s getting more and more choked up and emotional. Here he notices they were the same. The word offhand makes it seem again like a casual thing he did, joining up. Past Tense

9 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." Conclusion Paragraph. STANZA FIVE He again has a very casual tone, the hyphens have disappeared and he seems to have composed himself again. It seems to us as if he doesn't see it as a sad event, just one that says a lot about how pointless war is. Second Person Half-a-crown, indication of time period. Yes, makes it seem that he is talking to somebody else. Same rhyming pattern as the rest of the poem.


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