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War Poetry: Thomas Hardy

Year 10 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]

Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Thomas Hardy. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019).

Level 1 resource"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)

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General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Students will understand that poetry is a deliberate form of language where structural and linguistic features combine to create meaning.
  • Students will understand that the poetry of war has a long tradition in literature.
  • Students will understand that meaning may change depending on the context, culture and linguistic understanding of the reader.
Essential Questions
  • How is poetry different to prose?
  • How can we create meaning with language?

War Poetry | Thomas Hardy: Quick facts

Thomas Hardy by W. & D. Downey carbon print, 1894
NPG x17360 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Level 1Thomas Hardy (2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928)
  • Born in England on 2 June 1840 – 11 January 1928 aged 87.
  • Recognised as one of the great nineteenth century English realist, or naturalist authors and poets.
  • Famous for novels such as "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Mayor of Casterbridge", "Tess of the d'Urbervilles" and "Jude the Obscure" as well as poems such as "The Man He Killed" and "Drummer Hodge".
  • Hardy was deeply affected and horrified by the destruction caused in the First World War.

War Poetry | Thomas Hardy: Articles

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War Poetry | Thomas Hardy: eBooks

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War Poetry | Thomas Hardy: Poems

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Drummer Hodge

by Thomas Hardy

I
They throw in Drummer Hodge, to rest
     Uncoffined—just as found:
His landmark is a kopje-crest
     That breaks the veldt around;
And foreign constellations west
     Each night above his mound.

II
Young Hodge the Drummer never knew—
     Fresh from his Wessex home—
The meaning of the broad Karoo,
     The Bush, the dusty loam,
And why uprose to nightly view
     Strange stars amid the gloam.

III
Yet portion of that unknown plain
     Will Hodge for ever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
     Grow up a Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellations reign
     His stars eternally.

 

Source: Hardy (1899) Drummer Hodge. Retrieved from https://poets.org/poem/drummer-hodge

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