Poetry Analysis

The Negative Outlook on War
War is a very serious event that affects everybody in that time period. It mentally and physically damages those who are fighting and innocent bystanders. Everyone knows somebody who fought in battle, heard through the media of casualties/death, or learned about war in school. When our country goes to war every citizen will be, some way or another, a part of it. People either have to support it or not, but regardless things are going to happen that people don’t agree with. A lot of these events are expressed through media, so that people who don’t join the military can get a second hand look at what it’s like to be in war. There are many different types of literature that express one’s feelings of war such as: poems, books, plays, and movies. Throughout the book Literature: An Introduction to Reading and Writing there are many poems that express what it’s like to be a part of a war. There were four poems about war that are written within a forty-five year span, yet they all take the same view on it. Thomas Hardy, Richard Eberhart, and Randall Jarrell each write poems that allow the reader to get an insight on what war was like when they were experiencing it, as well as an influence on why war is immoral.
Thomas Hardy wrote the poem “The Man He Killed” to try and describe to readers what it was like to kill another man during war. In the 1900’s it was easy to sway younger teenagers to join the military and to support their country. This poem is an example of someone who joined the military because everybody else was doing so, and was put in a situation to defend for his life, which maybe he never thought he would be in.   Hardy is trying to simulate an altercation where one man has to kill another simply because they are fighting on different sides. If he had seen this man outside of the war he would’ve bought him a drink. Hardy says, “We should have sat us down to wet/right many a nipperkin!” (2- 3).   Then he says, “I shot him bead...