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Drummer Hodge: Thomas Hardy
Written in response to the Boer War which Hardy largely opposed, the poem feature a young British soldier who fights and dies in South Africa. Reflecting on the tragic circumstances of his death, the Drummer receives no proper burial and is, instead, becomes a part of the unfamiliar land.
Fought between 1899-1902, the Boer War angered Hardy whom disagreed with the deaths of men to benefit the already rich; challenging traditional perceptions that war amounted to growth/ prosperity.
· Conflict /war
· Death/ loss
· Disappointed / disapproving
· Elegy written in memory/ recognition of innocent lives lost in war
· Rigid sestets highlights permanence of propaganda/ alludes limitations of life and prosperity due to war
· Steady structure and metre reflects continuity of memory and honour / fast pace acknowledges inability for genuine grievance due to mass deaths