Many people love and admire his poems, but despite his poetry being criticized by the public, Rupert Brooke was a talented young poet throughout World War I. For Brooke, this meant 'The Soldier' and other poems in his sonnet cycle by the same name already had a leg-up by being written in the tradition of Shakespeare, Spenser, and countless others who've made the sonnet such a timeless staple of English poetry. He will have left a monument in England in a foreign land, figuratively transforming a foreign soil to England. He is not only very devoted to his homeland, but very proud of it as well. It is a message from Rupert Brooke and possibly all the young men at war to their loved ones. He is very patriotic and glorified war making young generations motivated and inspired them to go to a war.
There are no depressive or unhappy words and this proves that Brooke is not scared of the prospect of death. Brooke presents this sonnet as a piece of propaganda and encourages people to enlist for the armed forces. The second stanza is saying that with death for your country comes great honor and transformation into a pure soul, forever remembered for fighting to the end for their country. This does not glorify war, but only shows that dying in war is a proud thing to do for your country. Structurally, the poem follows the Petrarchan mode; but in its rhyme scheme, it is in the Shakespearean mode.
This idea is what inspired soldiers to be willing to die for their country, and to want to fight for England. The Immortal Sonnet In the minds of many writers, their art is their surest way to immortality, and often this means participating in a literary tradition that's already been immortalized. The indention of the lines of the stanza matches this back and forth rhythm. Through his pronounced devotion to England, the reader learns it is important his English background be thought of after he passes away. And as we can see in 'The Soldier,' dividing the sonnet this way helps the poet examine two different viewpoints, as Brooke does when he looks more at the physical ties to England in the beginning octave and at the more mental ones in the closing sestet.
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke: Summary and Critical Analysis The Soldier is a sonnet in which Brooke glorifies England during the First World War. Once again this is used to extol the virtues of English culture. Symbolism also plays a key role in this poem. Although Brooke writes in the first person, 'think only this of me' the reader senses that Brooke speaks on behalf of every 'soldier' on the front line; that he is telling the young men that they should feel honoured, as does he, to be serving their country, and that they will continue to do so after their death. And this makes his poem an even more poignant expression of just how intertwined their fates really were during this tumultuous period in world history.
It results in you ending up in heaven. He even goes so far as to claim his body belongs to England. Brooke is saying that there is a larger purpose that can be achieved through death, which is another example of Brooke romanticizing the war and death. Through this statement, Brooke is associating the soldier in the poem with England, making him not just English, but England. He goes on to say that England was his birth place and it shaped what kind of person he became. His death is justified, because he died for England.
It also allows for someone else to come and take his place. He forgets the grave in the foreign country where he might die, and he begins to talk about how he will have transformed into an eternal spirit. Dawn was theirs, And sunset, and the colours of the earth. It uses really positive language in order to infer that dying in the field of battle ends up with you being at peace. Since it's a sonnet, Brooke's poem isn't very lengthy, but as you'll see in a moment, it's long enough to convey some very touching and inspiring sentiments.
The poems were written as war sonnets at the onset of World War I. It is full of positivity and seems to glorify the idea of a person dying for their country. In fact, Rupert Brooke died on April 23, 1915, during service with the Royal Naval Division; coincidentally, not too long after his sonnets featuring 'The Soldier' were published. Lines such as this one force the reader to see the land in the same light as the poet. 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. Rupert Brooke has presented his patriotism in a spectacular way in this poem. The soldier-speaker of the poem seeks to find redemption through sacrifice in the name of the country.
This sonnet finds a soldier speculating about his possible death as we goes away to war, which he feels should not be mourned, but understood as part of a selfless tribute to his much-loved England. For his own work not to fade into all the rest though, Brooke had to set his sonnets apart in some way. As is often the case with a sonnet the second stanza approaches a new concept. Brooke wrote a number of war sonnets shortly after the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914. He does not believe that dying for your country is a traumatic experience. Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen were young Englishmen when the first world war began in 1914.