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In this poem Five Ways to Kill a Man the poet Edwin Brock contrasts between the killings of humans at different time periods in the world The first stanza tells of the executions in the times of Jesus The second stanza tells of the times when knights used to duel on white horses The Germans deadly chlorine gas attacks from World War I are described in the third stanza The fourth stanza tells of the last part of the Second World War when the atomic bombs were dropped Brock then in his last stanza tells of the last and easiest way to kill a man and that is by placing the man in the 20th century The five ways to kill a man that Brock describes in his poem are chronologically arranged The most ancient way of killing was the most complicated and the latest was the easiest The first verse reads There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man as the first is most cumbersome requiring a plank of wood a crowd of people wearing sandals a hill a cock that crows a cloak to dissect a sponge some vinegar and one man to hammer the nails The third stanza starts with Dispensing with nobility you may if the wind allows blow gas at him This clearly means that Brock believes that the Germans played a dirty trick in World War I Brock then tells of the Atomic Bomb and how easy it was to drop it and kill the people He writes Fly miles above your victim and dispose of him by pressing a switch There is an apparent contrast between the previous types of killings and this one Pressing a switch is much easier and more effective in terms of number of people being killed than gathering white horses wearing armor and charging at each other in a duel as described in the second stanza The last
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