We found new tactics happening each day . . .
We’d cut through reins and rider with the pike
And stampede cattle into infantry,
Then retreat through hedges where cavalry must be thrown.
Until… on Vinegar Hill… the final conclave.
• “found new tactics happening each day” shows they have no real plan, but have just taken the idea of rebelling and acted on it without thinking.
• They must fight with fairly primitive weapons and they even stampede cattle into the ranks of the English infantry, hoping to disrupt the superior forces they face.
• Their Opponents are given no solid identity but they have “infantry”, “Cavalry”, and “Canon” (line 11) so much in comparison to the pitiful “Pike(s)” and “scythes” (line 11) that the inexperienced Croppies have.
• These tactics are employed until the Irish eventually face the English in a major battle at “Vinegar Hill,”