During war, people think that normality will disappear and 'break' but Hardy says that things won't break, but just continue to go on
- Everything will continue to carry on after war is over
- regular passing of time
- flowing and regularity
Written during Franco-Prussian War
Image of man ploughing
- ploughing a field
- shows there will always be food
- been doing job for a long time
- shows lack of change
'half asleep as they stalk'
Bonfire and Rubbish
- there will always be something to burn
War has no effect on time
- time will always go on
'Though Dynasties pass'
- things always go forward
Young couple courting
'War's annals will cloud into night'
- everyone will forget
- shows insignificance of war
Love continues, and war becomes history
-there will always be love