It Is What It Is

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After reading Hardy's "The Man He Killed", it seemed to me that this poem described the soldier's thoughts as he killed his foe. In other words, he seemed to be describing an out of body experience. He doesn't seem to be proud of killing a man nor does he seem heartbroken which leads me to believe he is numb to the situation. In his mind, it is what it is. He tries to put reason behind the concept of war, "Yes; quaint and curious war is! (17) and justification behind killing a man, ""I shot him dead because - /Because he was my foe (9-10) . Rather than allow himself to break down over the action, he tries to simplify the concept with these thoughts. It is what it is.  

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