Poem introduction

The second Boer War poem, 'Drummer Hodge', actually uses words that come from the Boer settlers in South Africa: kopje (KOPEE) meaning a small hill; veldt (VELT) meaning open unenclosed country; and Karoo, meaning barren plateau. Hardy’s thoughts about an imagined soldier from Hardy’s own native Wessex, killed in South Africa.

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