Hardy, in thepoem, TheMan He Killed sendsan anti-war message. He uses a monologue voice to ventriloquize theexperiences of an ordinary worker who killed an enemy during theSouth African Boer war. The narrator creates an image of theprotagonist contemplating about the justification to kill hisopponent. The protagonist realizes that the only justification forkilling the man was because they met on the battlefield. Otherwise,the two could be friends if they met somewhere else like a bar, “Hadhe and I but met by some old ancient inn, we should have sat us downto wet” (Hardy). The man is disturbed for taking the life ofanother man without any concrete reasons (Hardy). The narrator alsouses the colloquial word “Nipperkin” as a symbol to indicate thatthe killer and the victim are both ordinary men. They are differentfrom the men who sanctioned the war and, therefore, they are likelyto suffer from the war (Thomas Hardy: ).
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Frost in thepoem NothingGold Can Stayuses a voice of melancholy and beauty to indicate that all goodthings come and go. The poem uses the symbol of gold to representmaterial charms such as wealth or human life (On Nothing Gold CanStay). In the poem, he indicates that the first color of life isvaluable when he says, “Nature’s first green is gold” (Frost). The narrator continues to show that the precious green color is hardto maintain, “Her hardest hue to maintain” (Frost). He gives themessage that material things are not sentimental or emotional enoughto last as they are later taken away (On Nothing Gold Can Stay).
The two poemshave fairly similar themes. TheMan He Killedoutlines the maltreatment of an ordinary worker who killed a foeduring Boer war. NothingGold Can Stayemphasizes that the most desirable traits are temporary. The twoemphasize that human life is beautiful but delicate. Just like aflower, it is sensitive and only lasts for a short while.
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