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' Drummer Hodge' by Thomas Hardy is about a young solider fighting in the Boer war in South Africa between the years 1899- 1902.

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Drummer Hodge ' Drummer Hodge' by Thomas Hardy is about a young solider fighting in the Boer war in South Africa between the years 1899- 1902. The poem shows us how war treats those who have fought and died for their countries. It is a sad story of local Dorset lad who is buried without a ceremony in a foreign country far away from his home. Hardy wrote the poem after he had read about the death of a drummer boy in the local Dorset newspaper. He thought that it was very sad that it was a boy, too young to understand the war, shouldn't have been be buried on a foreign landscape so far from his home in Dorset. ...read more.

Middle

In the last two lines of the first verse it emphasises the place that the drummer hodge is laided to rest. Hardy tells us that it is a peaceful place that is above the stars at night and that it is a place of rest for the young solider. At the beginning of the second verse Hardy uses two words " young" and "fresh shows that he was a young solider fighting for his country, who is yet to experience life. In the third line of the poem tells us of how the young solider "never knew the meaning of Brooddry Karoo, Karoo is the bush, the dusty loan" and " why uprose to nightly view". ...read more.

Conclusion

We, as readers are given a picture from the words " Homely Northern breast" that he was a home person and enjoyed his life with his family and that he was home sick. Thomas Hardy describes that he will be able to see " eternally" the stars at night in the sky. The words" strange-eyed" and "Southern" emphasises that drummer Hodge is buried in the Southern hemisphere very far from his home. I think that this poem shows us the tragic and sadness of war. That young soldiers like drummer hodge have had there lives ended so soon by war for their country and that in return he is buried in a foreign place miles away form his loved ones and without a proper burial. He was yet to experience life before he was killed Sarah Turner 11A4 ...read more.

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