Drummer Hodge Summary
Thomas Hardy

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Drummer Hodge Overview

“Drummer Hodge” is an eighteen-line eulogy by English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy. It was published in response to the British Empire’s involvement in the Boer War in South Africa. The poem opens with a description of the titular character’s burial that strips him of his human dignity. The poem then uses this death to meditate on the advent of modernity.

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