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This poem by Rupert Brooke never went to war,
Brooke was written in therefore, his poems may show
1914, when the war had naivety and ignorance.
just begun.
Through witnessing action whilst
volunteering for the Royal Naval Rupert Brooke was an
Reserve he became inspired to English poet, well
write. known for his
idealistic war sonnets.…read more

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Jingoistic Glorification of War Sacrifice
Themes Nature
Religion Selflessness
Patriotism…read more

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Summary and
The Soldier is a lyrical poem Views
and one of
five sonnets by Rupert Brooke, written in
iambic pentameter.
Petrarchan sonnets depict the addressed
lady in hyperbolic terms and present her
as a model of perfection and inspiration.
We think it can be classed as a non-religious
funeral eulogy poem illustrating that death
shouldn't be mourned as it is an honourable
As a whole we feel the poem is a selfless
tribute from the anonymous soldier to
England, which allows the reader to
imagine the blissful state of the soldier.…read more

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Stanza One Stanza Two
(Octet) (Sestet)
Focuses on the physical aspects of Focuses on the psychological aspects
sacrificing ones self for their of sacrificing ones self for their
country. country.
"bore, shaped, made..." "sights and sounds; dreams..."
The focal point is life being lived; The focal point is life after death; the
the build up to death. soul not the body.
"A body of England's, breathing "pulse in the eternal mind..."
English air..."
Features an English rhyme scheme: Features an Italian rhyme scheme:
Starts with uncertainty which The uncertainty has gone and death
decreases through the stanza. is definite.
`If I should die..." "And think...In hearts at peace,
under an English heaven."…read more

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This insinuates that Not allowing mourning, he wants his family to be
wherever the soldier proud and remember him for his sacrifices.
dies now belongs to
If I should die, think only this of me:
The ground he dies on
That there's some corner of a foreign field
will be better now as it
conceals the soul of a
great man who died for That is forever England. There shall be
his country.
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
Personifies England as
a Motherly figure as A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
the soldiers fight to
protect her. Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
The soldiers body
belongs to England. A body of England's, breathing English air,
So patriotic even the air
has a nationality. Washed by the rivers, blessed by sons of home.
Reference to spiritual cleansing (baptising) linking
to religion. Also, it has enjambment which helps
with the flow of the poem.…read more

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