- Created by: charlotte wanless
- Created on: 29-10-18 19:21
The Man He Killed Analysis
The Man he Killed
1 Had he and I but met
2 By some old ancient inn,
3 We should have set us down to wet
4 Right many a nipperkin!
5 But ranged as infantry,
6 And staring face to face,
7 I shot at him as he at me,
8 And killed him in his place.
9 I shot him dead because--
10 Because he was my foe,
11 Just so: my foe of course he was;
12 That's clear enough; although
13 He thought he'd 'list, perhaps,
14 Off-hand like--just as I--
15 Was out of work--had sold his traps--
16 No other reason why.
17 Yes; quaint and curious war is!
18 You shoot a fellow down
19 You'd treat, if met where any bar is,
20 Or help to half a crown.
This poem was wrote during a time of poverty and therefore becoming a solider was a way out of being poor.It was wrote in 1902 which was the 2nd Boer War. This was a war about the British Empire and the defence of certain areas of the British Empire. However many British people did not agree with going to war for this reason.