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V .The Soldier Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rupert Brooke Type: Poetry Views: 8303







If I should die, think only this of me:

That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England.There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England's, breathing English air,

Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.



And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.





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To this is a sick poem my mandemz and gyaldemz I rate dis ding u knoe itz my guy brook

| Posted on 2014-11-30 | by a guest


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i think this poem is beautiful as it describes how he feels for being an english man and how he loved fighting for his country and giving up his life for it, it is clear that he is trying to show that fighting is war for him was something that he liked which is well known as patriotism and that he made is sound like its something that he loved doing, i think this poem just desribes what he really feels and what he wants people to know about england and how beautiful it is before he dies at war

| Posted on 2013-04-17 | by a guest


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Yes, then of course its come and yes then one is agreeing on the other fact that yes is the only and one answer to beside along with the factorial no, which is uncommon in most strategic Lisette. so i truly wonder why yes.

| Posted on 2013-01-04 | by a guest


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Eternal minds means in God mind\'s/in God\'s presence

| Posted on 2012-10-02 | by a guest


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What does \'The eternal mind mean\' ??? I think it\'s related with death and all that stuff but I really want to know the real meaning. Thank you!! :)

| Posted on 2012-05-01 | by a guest


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I like this poem because I think it\'s rare. In the past 50 years, I think poetry, songs, paintings, and film, (the tools of artists) have been used to reflect the obvious, war is a terrible thing. It rips apart people, families, nations. I think Poems of this time period did something very similar, it pointed out another obvious thing, soldiers sacrifice a lot for their countries. In a time when what happened on the battlefield stayed on the battlefield, it was easier to make the death of a soldier sound lovely.
Who\'s to say that it isn\'t. It appears gruesome but perhaps there is some peace in fighting for what you love. In any case I find these war poems beautiful because I\'ve never read or heard anything like it.
Anyone who has anything good to bring from war anymore is usually an idiot with a guitar, and that makes me have a very anti-war views. It\'s not some schoolyard fight, innocents are involved. However I think if more people could speak of soldiers and not of all the stupid things than perhaps we could see that war is necessary like every other unpleasant thing in the world. Avoid it when you can, but sometimes you can\'t.

| Posted on 2012-01-22 | by a guest


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i think that rupert was trying to tell the world that if he dies he wants everyone to know that war is terrible. he is suposed to have been the cutest boy of the year in someyear. he is so beautiful in his writing he is kind of imaginative. for some reason i know that most kids will be confused by this poem for it is confusing. i am eleven going on twelve this year and i need to know the analysis of the whole thing the answers on her are not very clear anyway i do homeschooling so i need some help please post some good answers cause i need to know. rupert brooke was born on the 3rd of august 1887 and died on the 23rd of april 1915 he was only 28 when he died.thanx 4 reading hope u enjoy and got ur answers!!! soph xx

| Posted on 2012-01-09 | by a guest


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why is the earth described as \"rich and then \"richer\"?

| Posted on 2011-11-11 | by a guest


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This poem is about dying in battle for your country. While Rupert Brooke never actually fought in battle, as he died getting there, he is still able to write what he imagines war to be like. As he never knew the horrors of war (as expressed in Sassoon\'s and Owen\'s works)he could not write about the horrible side of it. Instead he painted an idealistic image, one that he truely believed in, which was then used as propaganda.

| Posted on 2011-11-05 | by a guest


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thank you for helping me i take a lot of idears for my test

| Posted on 2011-10-15 | by a guest


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i am year 10 and i want to khow what the soldier is about i studied in poetrys please i need for the test

| Posted on 2011-10-13 | by a guest


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According to the Norton Anthology of English Literature, Brooke DID fight in Antwerp with the Royal Naval Division. He wrote the poems while on leave and then died of dysentery and blood-poisoning on the troopship to Gallipoli.

| Posted on 2011-09-14 | by a guest


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Rupert Brooke was a very handsome man and his deathlike thewar was a tragedy. Katherine Mansfield\'s brother was killed in the same war- thang God D H Lawrence didn\'t fight.

| Posted on 2011-07-25 | by a guest


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The poem is outdated as it still reflects imperialism. It is the age of pluralism and international brotherhood. Why think of or discuss of breaking out of war and die for one\'s own country. It would be much appreciative if the soldier dies for maintaining peace and defending from any crime or illegal deeds i.e., anti social elements irrespective of cast creed religion or foreigner. Patronage and sacrifice for it is quite superseeding but ego and pride in it is quite disgusting and inhumane. Brooke wrote it in war time so it bears negative propagation at present. Anyway too much in nationalism like hitler. In it picks up quarrel for the time being. Japan never said so but manipuris preserve their cemetry, see the respect and noblity of humane!?

| Posted on 2011-06-14 | by a guest


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analysis? - its got rhyme \"...think only this of ME\",\"...for ever England, There shall BE.\" Rhythm to make the poem flow, repetition \"If,A,And and In\". One alliteration \"foreign feild\". Imagery - personification of Englnad \"she and her\". IS IT THIS KIND OF ANALYSIS OR WHAT THE POEM MEANS? IF IT\'S WHAT IT MEANS THEN READ ABOVE ^^ =L hope i helped =_=

| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest


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I think that it was his opinion and his only. Poetry is beautiful

| Posted on 2011-05-31 | by a guest


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this poem is a good poem but the analysis should show the poetic devices and a shorter description

| Posted on 2011-04-15 | by a guest


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The poem starts by describing the writer’s willingness to die for his country. It stands in contrast to poets such as Owen(“Anthem for Doomed Youth”) and Sassoon, Brooke uses plenty of positive connotations to depict this romantic image of a positive death. However, Brooke never went to war unlike Owen, raising the question of whether his opinion would change if he was faced with the horrors of war.
Tone – patriotic and optimistic
Perspective – public perspective, the soldier is an Englishman, he dies for his country. England is much better than other countries, which is nationalistic point of view of the author
Religious implications of a soldier\'s death – it\'s kind of spiritual redemption. Evil will go away and all sins will be forgiven when one\'s die for his country.
Death – doesn\'t come of a sudden (like in “Anthem” Wilfred Owen). There is a whole preparation for death. The poem is like a testimony, last will of a soldier. Through the death for England a soldier becomes immortal.
Image of the soldier - The image in the poem is of a man, a soldier who is very brave and would do anything for his country. The character in the poem reinforces the meaning because he truly believes in his country. He truly believes that his land is the greatest of good. His death is justified, because he died for England. His evil deeds don\'t matter anymore, because he did what was right; he fought for his country. The final lines are showing the happiness that England has given him. And because he fought for England he will forever be at peace in an English heaven with only good thoughts and laughter in his heart.
Image of the country - The personification of England, by referring to the country as “her” or “she”, helps the audience feel the connection Brooke does, by making it sound like a person. The way he describes England, using positive imagery such as “rich earth”, “flowers to love” and blessed by suns” make us believe it is a place to defend and die for. If he is to die in a land other than England, the soil would be made better because there would now be a piece of England within it. The ground that he dies on is made better, because he has died there. It conceals the soul of a great man who died for his country.
Propaganda - Brooke\'s poetry was complimentary to the propaganda by the government prior to the war but Brooke\'s words are empty of sarcasm. He entirely believed that dying for his country was sweet and honourable because he never faced the reality of war.
The poem is often read at the memorial services of soldiers.

| Posted on 2011-04-08 | by a guest


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Great Poem really enjoyed it heaps!
Jeremy Koh

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest


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I\'m writing an essay on war poetry at the moment and these comments have really helped me. thanks guys :)

| Posted on 2011-03-27 | by a guest


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This poem describes the writer’s patronage toward England and his willingness to defend it in the time of war. Brooke romanticised and glorified death, believing that it was an honour to die for your country to defend its soil. The poem start’s by describing the writer’s willingness to die for his country. It is taking the opposite view to the poem “Dulce et Decorum est”, which is ridiculing the idea of dying for your country. However, Brooke never went to war unlike Owen, raising the question of whether his opinion would change if he was faced with the horrors of an actual war zone.
The personification of England, by referring to the country as “her” or “she”, helps the audience feel the connection Brooke does, by making it sound like a person. The way he describes England, using positive imagery such as “rich earth”, “flowers to love” and blessed by suns” make us believe it is a place to defend and die for.

| Posted on 2011-03-14 | by a guest


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I think this poem is good i love the title dulce et decorum est i think the man should go to the beach and meet up with his boss fromhis old work and have a bit of fun

| Posted on 2011-03-08 | by a guest


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i would like to know why brooke wrote this poem, what was he trying to get across? please

| Posted on 2011-02-20 | by a guest


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I really enjoyed The Soldier, and its show of patriotism. But some of the people that have posted before me no nothing of the meaning behind the poem. so they should shut up and keep there comments which are pointless to themselves :@

| Posted on 2011-01-25 | by a guest


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It\'s not about him fighting in the war. He never got to.
You all should do more research on Rupert Brooke before posting comments on this.
Oh, and to the 2009-12-21 poster, do you not have patriotism for your country? Do you not have pride or love for it? You don\'t have to be in the army or whatever to have patriotism! During the world wars, Americans at home had lots of patriotism...Do history research before you jump to conclusions on the things you don\'t know about, yet think you do; you only make yourself look ignorant.

| Posted on 2011-01-02 | by a guest


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I don\'t get all of this arguing among all of you, I think that poetry is a personal thing and that is the beauty of it, I am a year 11 student and i feel that a poet should express his feelings and that only he/she should be able to know what they means by the context of their poem.

| Posted on 2010-12-13 | by a guest


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A dust refers to the soldier himself, who died in the foreign country. He is shaped by england into a loving, patriotic, pure being. Through his death, his sins are forgiven, all his evil is shed away. He will be forever in happiness, all because he fought for England.

| Posted on 2010-12-12 | by a guest


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clearly, brooke is saying that death for your country is sweet and honorable; the personification of england as a gentle, sweet subject to be protected, the emphasis on the lasting honor of dying for your country, and positive characterization of death all support this point.
the personification of england clearly comes from the diction such as \"her\". The euphony of the pleasant imagery in the middle of the poem emphasizes the value of england.
The lasting honor in dying for england is seen when the poet uses diction such as \"eternal\" and \"forever\" in describing the accomplishments the soldier make in his death.
I\'ll elaborate when I have more ideas.
--Leonard Graium

| Posted on 2010-12-12 | by a guest


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This poem is very emotional and this is all down to the symbolism. Brooke is trying ot say that he \'IS\' England. One could also say that it is quite biased.

| Posted on 2010-12-12 | by a guest


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This poem clearly states that by dying oversees that spot becomes England. The death of the soldier makes for a better country. Through his actions and by dying he transforms that land into heaven, by having that place be heaven its as saying that Britain is the founder of every place, therefore making his place of death his heaven. Using he interacts by showing how honorable the death of the soldiers where.

| Posted on 2010-12-07 | by a guest


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well.. i only wanted help on my english work but uh.. thanks.. :(

| Posted on 2010-11-26 | by a guest


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This poem is really good because soldiers are really good. Solders are really good because guns are really good because bombs are really good because call of duty is really fun. Therefore, any war related stuff is good. The writer used good words in this good poem.

| Posted on 2010-11-25 | by a guest


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SUP MUN! I LUV DIS POEM INNIT, ITZ SO KL!!!!
MII IDOL IZ RUPERT BROOKE
LUV YU GUYZ XOXOXOX

| Posted on 2010-11-19 | by a guest


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Find most of the comments on here helpful thank you. However there are clearly people on here just wasting time. May i ask, have you nothing better to do? People are entitled to their opinion isn\'t that what a large part of English Literature is all about??

| Posted on 2010-11-09 | by a guest


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Well i think this poem is about annihilation, which means, killing to survive. The author here is saying that, even if he dies in the war, he would be able to save his country. His country will be resembled by him and the soldeirs who died for their country.This way he will be living in his country symbolicly.

| Posted on 2010-10-19 | by a guest


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This poem was NOT written by Rupert Brooke. The poem was originally written by an unknown soldier. It is a patriotic poem and it includes negative and positive Diction. It also shows propaganda and was written in World War I. This poem gives a good example -the example of x and endurance. The poet talks about England, personificating it so as to make it the mother metaphor- the land he\'d die for.

| Posted on 2010-10-17 | by a guest


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Explain how this poem isnt realistic please....essay!!

| Posted on 2010-09-15 | by a guest


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Rupert Brooke romanticised and glorified death. He truely believed the saying (used in Wilfred Owen\'s poem,)Dulce est decorum est pro patria mori, meaning it is sweet and honourable to die for one\'s country. He wrote about how noble it was to give up age and wealth to die for England, how death and sarifice then restores honour and nobiility to the world. In contrast to poets such as Owen and Sassoon, Brooke uses an abundance of positive connotations to depict this romantic image of a positive death. Through his poetry he is somewhat building up this romantic relationship that he has with England, and encouraging others to have this same relationship as perhaps a release of fear of dying. By instating this positive noble view of death and personifying this land that is England, death becomes much less of an act for much greater of a cause. Yes his poetry was complimentary to the propaganda by the government prior to the war but Brooke\'s words are empty of sarcasm. He entirely believed that dying for his country was sweet and honourable. However, Brooke never faced the reality of war as he died before battle. Would his poetry have changed to ba anything like say Wilfred Ownen\'s had he experienced the true, horrific nature of war.

| Posted on 2010-09-14 | by a guest


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For everyone who has said things about being sinful and such. Rupert Brooke was an Atheist, He wasn\'t aiming to be congratulated by god. And Brooke thought war was a honorable thing, To stand up and take a blow for the country. (Btw I\'m not english)and every man and woman who joins the army thinking the same thing doesn\'t mind dying. The defense force is what gives most of their lives meaning so to everyone who thinks war is so sinful, if you have suggestions on how we can fix the worlds issues without conflict or communication why not contribute your ideas to the UN, because I\'m sure they\'d love to hear what you have to say.

| Posted on 2010-09-11 | by a guest


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Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
This may be a refrence to baptism (maybe through war), Washed by the rivers and blessed by the sun, similar to the act of being held uderwater and then being reborn afterwards and blessed. Wasnt jesus baptised in the river jordan by john the baptised or something? Also the line directly underneath, This heart, all evil shed away. A refrence to the cleansing of the soul in baptism and the purity it brings????
Just a thought.

| Posted on 2010-09-08 | by a guest




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