Drummer Hodge a poem by Thomas Sturdy
In Drummer Hodge a soldier wiped out far from home goes from being unsuitable in his " foreign" position into becoming a " percentage of that not known plain”. (" Hodge” was obviously a slang expression for a farmville farm labourer or perhaps " country bumpkin”, a very demeaning [=put down] term. In this composition Hardy issues the stereotype [=generally accepted way of thinking about] of the country " yokel” and the discriminatory ideas that lie behind it. )
The poem describes the funeral of a British soldier throughout the Second Boer War [1899-1902], in South Africa. He is buried with out ceremony, a coffin, or a gravestone. His humble origins are in contrast with the exotic South African landscape, as well as the poet regularly refers to the unfamiliar actors that will watch over his serious. Finally this individual introduces the idea that Hodge's body system becomes portion of the landscape, so that he has its own permanent residence there. Irrespective of his short life, the Drummer is becoming part of something which is far more everlasting. So Sturdy explores how the systems of the dead can become area of the landscape. The transformation seems initially to be literal and physical, although becomes metaphorical [= imaginatively although not literally appropriate] since Hardy suggests he comes with an afterlife.
Form: The poem is formed of 3 stanzas, every of six lines, with a very regular metre and rhyme structure. The lines alternate between almost 8 and 6th syllables [=each a part of a word the moment spoken] with the vocally mimic eachother scheme of ABABAB for each verse. This is a very prevalent metre to get traditional English language hymns to follow along with. It seems ideal, therefore , with this poem, about the funeral of a youthful soldier. Dialect and Imagery: There are a number of Boer words and phrases used in the poem. Boer is a term that explains the 1st Dutch settlers of the region that is at this point South Africa. Their very own language is known as ‘Afrikaans'. Imagery: The concept of the drummer is a key picture. Drummers had been young lads who the fatigue drum to hold time since soldiers marched. There...