THE HUNTSMAN POEM SUMMARY poem tells about the story of a huntsman who was fond of lion hunting the becomeshe hunted in the hand of cruel fate. Kagwa was the huntsman. He used to hunt lion and other wild beasts. He becomes the victim of his own fate. Although, he was very brave yet he was helpless before his cruel and remorseless fate.Here the writer wants to tell us that sometimes a hunter may prey by cruel and remorseless fate.

The Huntsman by Edward Lowbury

Kagwa hunted the lion,

                Through bush and forest went his spear.

One day he found the skull of a man

 And said to it, “How did you come here?”

The skull opened its mouth and said,

 ‘Talking brought me here.’

Kagwa hurried home;

                Went to the king’s chair and spoke:

‘In the forest I found a talking skull.’

                The king was silent. Then he said slowly,

Never since I was born of my mother

 Have I seen or heard of a skull which spoke.’

The king called out his guards:

 ‘              Two of you now go with him

And find this talking skull;

                But if his tale is a lie

And the skull speaks no word,

                This Kagwa himself must die’

They rode into the forest;

                For days and nights they found nothing.

At last they saw the skull; Kagwa

                Said to it, “How did you come here?”

The skull said nothing. Kagwa implored,

                But the skull said nothing.

The guards said, ‘Kneel down.’

                They killed him with sword and spear.

Then the skull opened it’s mouth;

                ‘Huntsman, how did you come here?

And the dead man answered,

 ‘Talking brought me here.

THE HUNTSMAN POEM SUMMARY can be anaylised in this man is stongerIt is right that “Man proposes God disposes”. Kagwa went into the jungle and found a talking skull as we read from the poem.

But it was the fate of Kagwa that he could not understand the real meanings of the sentences. He could not understand that “Speech is silver but silence is gold”. The king said;

                                                “Two of you go with him

                                                And find the talking skull

                                                     But if his tale is a lie

                                            And the skull speaks no word

                                             This Kagwa himself must die”

Unfortunately his fate was against him. He went into the forest again with great difficulty. They found the skull. But when Kagwa said to it to speak, it did not speak. Again the king ordered Kagwa;

                                                        “Kneel down

                                    They killed him with sword and spear”

After the killing of Kagwa the skull spoke again it was his cruel fate, which did not allow the skull to speak. But after the death of Kagwa, the skull spoke out;

                                      “Then the skull opened its mouth

                                    Huntsman, how did you come here?”

But his cruel fate has done the remorseless act. And Kagwa was dead silent, as he was the prey to his cruel and remorseless fate.

Suspense means the curiosity to know what would happen in coming days or moments. Irony means the difference between appearance and reality.So the waiting state about something is suspense and what we think and what actually happens is irony.Suspense and Irony In “THE HUNTS MAN” is on top–HZQ?start=5&feature=oembedFOR MORE DETAILED

Suspense And Irony In THE HUNTS MAN:-

Now it is easy to talk in detail about irony and suspense after the definition of both the literary terms. The very title of the poem is ironical because it is not the huntsman actually it is the hunted one. Because Kagwa was the huntsman but he himself became the victim of his cruel fate. Secondly Kagwa thought that he would be rewarded when he would tell about the talking skull to the king that was why he ran to tell the king.

                                                 “Kagwa hurried home;

                                       Went to the king’s chair and spoke

                                       In the forest I found a talking skull”

But unfortunately he is killed and not rewarded because when he reached into the forest the skull did not speak.

                                    “Kagwa said to it, how did you come here?

                                      The skull said nothing, Kagwa implored,

                                                 But the skull said nothing

                                          And the guards said “Kneel down”

                                        They killed him with sword and spear”


Now let us talk about suspense in this poem. The poem is full of the elements of suspense. When Kagwa found the talking skull he became excited and went into the court of the king. And the reader thought that he would be rewarded but the situation was reversed. The king sent his guards with him to find the talking skull, if it would not speak and not to be found, Kagwa would be killed. Great elements of suspense are created when the reader waited and saw what would happen if the skull was not found. See the lines, which create suspense;

                                              “They rode into the forest

                                    For days and night they found nothing”

But the suspense becomes even more, strong when the skull is found but it does not speak. See the lines which are full suspense;

                                   “The skull said nothing, Kagwa implored

                                            But the skull said nothing”

And the suspense is over when the guards order Kagwa to kneel down and cut the head of Kagwa with sword and spear but ironically enough the skull speaks. So keeping in view the above, it is justified to say that the poem is full of the elements of suspense and irony.

  • Discuss in detail the use of elements of suspense and irony in this poem?