Belfast Confetti and WWTL - the first is a poem about confusion during a conflict, the second is about possible effects of conflict. Cousin Kate and The Class Game - theme of social class. Catrin and Poppies - relationship between mother and child. Half-caste and The Class Game - challenging social attitudes to mixed race people and working.
This poem begins with the hypothetical that the speaker and a man meet up in “some old ancient inn”. Because the title is, “the man he killed” the readers can assume that the speaker is referring to the man he killed. He is giving a hypothetical to help the readers to understand the humanity of each of them.