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The Man He Killed

The Man He Killed - Figures of Speech, Important Lines and Appreciation Questions

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!”


“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 —-

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


Had he and I but met  h
I shot at him as he at me  h
Or help to half-a-crown  h



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 at him as he at me


Rhyme SchemeRhyme Words
abab met, wet; inn, nipperkin; because, was; foe, although; perhaps, traps; down, crown;
abcbFace, place;

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