Conflict Poem: Drummer Hodge by Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

I really like the movie The History Boys directed by Nicholas Hytner, and based on the play by Alan Bennett. I particularly like the scene in which one of the boys discusses with his teacher, Thomas Hardy’s poem Drummer Hodge about a casualty of the Boer War. Here is the poem being read and below it the text:

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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.

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.

Yet portion of that unknown plain
  Will Hodge forever be;
His homely Northern breast and brain
  Grow to some Southern tree,
And strange-eyed constellation reign
  His stars eternally.

See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Hardy

Thomas Hardy:

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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