Hardy, Thomas. "The Man he Killed".
- the speaker muses about the unexplainable irony in the nature of war
- contrasts two situations: the meeting with a stranger in a pub results in a friendly talk x the meeting with the same man in war results in shooting on both sides and the stranger's death
- staggers at the question how he came to kill his fellow human being, does not arrive at any satisfying answer except for "Just so", because he was his "foe"
- does not achieve any kind of solution and is left wondering how "quaint and curious war is!"
- regularly rhymed
- caesuras and disruptive pauses suggest the inability to find the answer the speaker seeks
AuthorHardy, Thomas. (1840 – 1928).
Full Title"The Man he Killed".
Hardy, Thomas. "The Man he Killed". Collected Poems. Ware: Wordsworth, 2006.