Paraphrase the poem "Channel Firing" by Thomas Hardy. 

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The poem is written from the unusual perspective of a dead body that is disturbed by the booming of the guns firing at sea. This is a prose paraphrase of what the corpse says:

That night, though you did not know it, the firing of your great guns shook us...

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The poem is written from the unusual perspective of a dead body that is disturbed by the booming of the guns firing at sea. This is a prose paraphrase of what the corpse says:

That night, though you did not know it, the firing of your great guns shook us as we lay in our coffins. In the church, the noise broke the windows of the chancel. We all sat up, thinking that Judgment Day had come. The dogs in the churchyard also woke up and howled. The church mouse dropped the crumb of bread it had found by the altar. Even the worms buried themselves in the earth. The cow on the glebe (a piece of land adjacent to the church) began to drool.

God, however, told us that it was just gunnery practice at sea. The world had not changed much since we died, he said. The nations continue to make war even more destructive. They do no more good than you corpses, who are helpless. It is lucky for many of these people that this is not Judgment Day: if it were, they would go to Hell. It will be warmer when I blow the last trumpet, to announce that judgment, if I ever do so, since you men are in need of eternal rest.

So we lay back down again, wondering whether the world would ever be saner than it was when we died. We shook our heads, and the skeleton in the next coffin, a clergyman, remarked that he should not have bothered preaching and wishes he had spent his time smoking and drinking instead. The guns started to roar again, and the noise carried far inland, even to Stourton Tower, Camelot, and Stonehenge, ancient sites which one might have expected to be peaceful at night.

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