Poetry Essay - "The Soldier"

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Mother England
Imagine loving something so much that you would risk your life for it. In Rupert Brooke’s poem, “The Soldier”, Brooke shows the love that a soldier has for his country, England. This poem is an Italian sonnet, takes place during World War I, and is written from Rupert Brooke’s point of view himself. Brooke shows how the soldier feels about war and how he feels that dying in the process of fighting for his country is the best way to die. The mood of this poem is warm and happy. The author has good feelings towards war, therefore the tone is optimistic. Brooke uses metaphors, personification, and repetition to help make the theme clearer. The theme throughout the poem is love and death.

In the first part of this poem, Brooke is explaining how life should be if he were to die. He starts line one by saying, “If I were to die, think only this of me.” He is trying to say that if he were to die that no one should mourn about it. Next, in lines two and three, Brooke says, “That there’s some corner of a foreign field / That is for ever England,” which means when a soldier dies he will be buried on some other country’s land, but because the soldier is English that part of their land will remain English. Brooke uses the word “forever” to show that the soldier that has died there fought for his country and has deserved that part of the enemy’s field. “In that rich earth a richer dust concealed” Brooke uses the word dust to actually mean the dead bodies (L4). He is saying that in the ground, of another country, is England’s soldiers. He considers them “richer”, thus showing his love again for England, calling them better; “richer” than any other country. Brooke states in lines five and six, “A dust which England bore, shaped, made aware / Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,” as a continuation and a start to another metaphor. Once again he says “dust” which means the bodies. Next he personifies England to be like a mother figure towards the...
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