The Man He Killed

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"The Man He Killed" is a poem written in 1902 by Thomas Hardy which focuses on the senselessness and futility of war. The poem is written from the viewpoint of a soldier who killed a man in battle. The narrator expresses the view that if they had only met in different circumstances, an inn for instance, the outcome may have been different. The narrator falters to explain why he shot at him and attempts to reassure himself as to why he did it. The ending stresses how "quaint and curious war is".