English 3 Period
February 13, 2012
“The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke
In Rupert Brooke’s poem “The Soldier”, the author uses metaphors, similes, and assonance to create the theme about the experience in war; how terrible and how merciless it is.
First of all, Brooke uses a metaphor to compare different countries. In the following quote, the author illustrates a metaphor, “If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is forever England”. From this quote, we can see how he compared his soul, England, and the enemy’s battlefield. As you can see, the theme is shown by this example because he is saying if he dies, his love for England is so strong, that a foreign field will become England.
Initially, the author again uses metaphors in the following quote, “In that rich earth a richer dust concealed”. This quote illustrates the idea that something may not seem valuable, but it is worth more than how it looks like. Clearly, the author made the choice to include a metaphor, so the readers could see that if he dies in a different land, that land will become rich with his soul. In other words, if he dies, the land he dies in becomes England.
First of all, the author uses similes to compare his country and emotions. Brooke uses a simile in the following quote to compare his country “Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; And laughter learnt of friends; and gentleness”. In this quote, he explains what life is like without war. This example of a simile is shown to compare the days without war.
Rupert Brooke probably decided to write this poem to explain his love for his country; he also wanted to express how his experience in war was. He also possibly wrote this because he thinks God will be impressed with his love for England.