Thomas Hardy
Dorchester / England
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The Man He Killed

Rating: 3.9
Had he and I but met
By some old ancient inn,
We should have set us down to wet
Right many a nipperkin!

But ranged as infantry,
And staring face to face,
I shot at him as he at me,
And killed him in his place.
I shot him dead because--
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JoJoSiwa 06 June 2019
dIsLiKe ThIs CoMmEnT
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Karen Crider 22 February 2018
This poem carries the weight of truth from the weight of war. Something many can identify with. I like how he breaks his phrases with dashes, as if trying to explain/justify killing someone he might have enjoyed. War is what justifies it, but it's another matter to condone it.
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Manonton Dalan 07 December 2015
rule of the west......
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Douglas Scotney 14 September 2015
as if he's more or less than a man when he goes to war
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Kim Barney 14 September 2015
The tragedy and futility of war, having to shoot at (and in this case kill) someone who could otherwise have been a friend. Heartbreaking.
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Seema Jayaraman 14 September 2015
I see two halves of the same man firing shots at each other..and the futility of it all.
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Anastasija Bobileva 14 September 2015
well done, it was a pleasure reading this poem
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Michael Ryland 09 April 2015
Reading this poem, the US Civil War comes to mind. There were so many instances of friend fighting and brother fighting brother. I also see the utter futility of war. Hardy tells us that, without a war, these two could have met at an inn and shared a drink. When our response to disagreement is violence, nothing is resolved. There is only death, destruction and aftermath.
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In a war there are two things reckoned. friend or foe and naturally firing to kill is going on. A beautiful narration of war.
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