"I shot him dead because--/ Because he was my foe./ Just so: my foe of course he was;/ That's clear enough; although
"The Man He Killed" by Thomas Hardy, pg. 372

First off, let me just say that this poem completely escaped me after my first reading. It wasn't until line 17, "Yes: quaint and curious war is!" that I actually understood that the poem was about war. Looking back, I realize that if I had taken the time to read the footnotes, I probably would have picked up on that fact a lot sooner; however, after rereading the poem, I have a few thoughts. This section quoted at the top of my blog was my favorite stanza in the poem. Not only was it extremely poetic, it also points out the only reason that people die during a war, because someone is always someone's enemy.

While reading this poem, I thought back to "Luck" by Twain, and yet again, readers really have to question whether or not luck is a factor in war. Like the soldier (speaker) in the poem says, that had he met his foe on different terms, such as on the street or in a bar, they may have been friends. The thought of killing his fellow soldier would never have crossed his mind. Thus, we must think, is it luck, or rather, unluckiness? It's almost as if someone must always be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But regardless, this really makes readers put things into perspective on how many innocent lives are wasted with war. Sure, the end result is usually for the best, but it's still sad to think of all the young men and women who give up their lives for the betterment of the world and our country. I've never been pro-war in any way, shape or form, but anyone who doesn't support our troops just because they don't agree with the war should step back and take a look at the big picture. If these people didn't choose to enlist, who would fight to defend us in the end?


I like how you tied the two works together. And there are people out there who don't support the troops because the troops support the war. These people don't feel bad for the men and women who enlisted because they weren't drafted against their will.

People can enlist anytime like when it comes time to defend ourselves.

I hate that lives are lost in wars, but even if you don't agree with the war, you should still feel for those people (on both sides) who are risking their lives for something that they believe in and their families who are stuck in between.

This was a very thought provoking entry. I agree; I don't think war is right, but so far it's the best solution we've been able to find to defend our country. Maybe some day it will no longer be necessary, but that's not the reality of now. Great job tying the two works together!

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