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I can annotate a poem.

Have another read of the poem shown below. It was written a long time ago so there are lots of unusual words and phrases! Look at the sections I have highlighted in red, can you figure out what they mean?

Once you have done this, have a go at writing a short summary for each stanza (verse). Think about what each verse means and, especially for the third stanza, why have they used that punctuation? 


The Man He Killed

"Had he and I but met

By some old ancient inn,

We should have sat us down to wet

Right many a nipperkin!


"But ranged as infantry,

And staring face to face,

I shot at him as he at me,

And killed him in his place.


"I shot him dead because-

Because he was my foe,

Just so: my foe of course he was;

That's clear enough; although


"He thought he'd list, perhaps, 

Off-hand like -just as I- 

Was out of work -had sold his traps-

No other reason why.


"Yes; quaint and curious war is!

You shoot a fellow down

You'd treat if met where any bar is,

Or help to half-a-crown."


You can listen to the poem being read here: 

The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy poem reading | Jordan Harling Reads

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