Often When Warring Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Often when warring for he wist not whatA
An enemy soldier passing by one weakB
Has tendered water wiped the burning cheekB
And cooled the lips so black and clammed and hotC
Then gone his way and maybe quite forgotC
The deed of grace amid the roar and reekB
Yet larger vision than loud arms bespeakB
He there has reached although he has known it notC
For natural mindsight triumphing in the actD
Over the throes of artificial rageE
Has thuswise muffled victory's peal of prideF
Rended to ribands policy's specious pageE
That deals but with evasion code and pactD
And war's apology wholly stultifiedD

Thomas Hardy


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