War Is Kind Summary & Study Guide

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Stanza 1:

The title alerts us to the ironic tone of the poem, as it is very difficult to imagine war being kind in any way. The opening stanza confirms that tone, as it addresses the lover of a soldier who has died in battle, telling her not to weep at his death. We are then presented a melodramatic image of that death, with the dying soldier throwing his "wild hands towards the sky/ And ... [his] affrighted steed ... running on alone." Since this poem was originally published, the image of the riderless horse galloping away from its fallen owner has become a staple of Western movies.

Stanza 3:

In this stanza the speaker implores a daughter whose father has been killed in war not to cry. Again, we are presented with a close-up and graphic image of the dying soldier, this time tumbling "in the yellow trenches," and pounding his...

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