The poem represents the patriotic ideals that characterized pre-war England. Rupert Brooke, 1914 As Brooke reached the end of his sonnet series about the start of , he turned to what happened when the soldier died, while abroad, in the middle of the conflict. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is clearly a very important matter. Thank you for your very insightful analysis of the poem. The second technique that is used is simile. The rhyme scheme is that of the Shakespearean sonnet: the octave and the sestet consist of three quatrains, rhyming abab cdcd efef and a final rhymed couplet gg.
Brooke did not happen to see action until after he had written the poem, about a year later. In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; As the stanza continues, the reader may continue to be confused. His body belongs to England, despite the fact that he has died on a foreign land, dreaming of when he was able to breathe English air. As soon as the second and third line we see the narrator put a positive spin on his potential demise. Brooke also believes that, because the motherland was so nice to him, he must give back what she has given to him; that he must lay down his life to ensure that the motherland stays a free country. Read detailed notes and add your own thoughts. This line configuration allows him to separate the sonnet into two sections, an octave 8 lines and a sestet 6 , much in the way Edmund Spenser and others traditionally divided their sonnets.
He is not only very devoted to his homeland, but very proud of it as well. Wilfred Owen uses negative language such as 'cancer' 'vile' 'froth corrupted' to generate unsettling images, that made his reader think war was a terrible thing. Due to Spam Posts are moderated before posted. He then uses a series of metaphors to state that England is what raised him, gave him an identity and that his soul will be immortal because he died fighting for his country. I doubt he would have realized the grim reality of it all until he was actually sent off. He was born from England and he will die to and in England, even if just spiritually.
He talks of his death in a foreign field, this is presumably a reference a battlefield. In terms of the structure of ideas, the octave presents reflection; the sestet evaluates the reflection. It was a brutal war between the United States and the Confederate states. The first technique Brooke uses is personification. It is therefore the most desirable of all fates. Symbolism also plays a key role in this poem.
And whether we believe in any notion of the afterlife or not, it's evident from the poem's continued existence that Brooke and the England of his day have achieved some level of immortality. It is split accordingly in two stanzas, an octave followed by a sestet. It also says that England gave him it's flowers to love. This act, if it were real, would of course be very noble. But doubtless many families found it comforting to read. The images and praises of England run through both the stanzas. Brooke seems to know, from his coffee-shop in Berlin, that its days are numbered.
The two poets show very different views on war, as both had very different experiences in war. These are two powerful things that evoke feeling in people. This lecture presents the arguments for both interpretations. Consequently, their works contain vastly differing perspectives regarding the themes of Nationalism and self-sacrifice. The key themes of the poem are death and love. The reference to faith, present in a great deal of the literature of the period, also emphasises how strongly Brooke and many others felt with regard to fighting for one's country as well as defending your beliefs and values. Analysis: Dust to Dust You've most likely heard the phrase 'Home is where the heart is.
The last line of the prepared address intentionally echoes a similar line from the poem. By this point in the War, thousands of men had been killed in action. In this case it appears that the narrator is adding a further thought due to the first line. By sheer repetition of the name, this poem gains patriotic intensity. He may become an unknown soldier in the land in which he has died, but his identification with his home country is profound. Can there be, in such a time of war, such a thing as a German heaven? No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed.
Sparknotes bookrags the meaning summary overview critique of explanation pinkmonkey. 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. The speaker emphasizes the intrinsic connection between him and his homeland in various instances. How will a foreign place be another place, specifically England? 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. It is the form of love which is unconditional, immense, true and real for one's land, one's true mother.