“The Soldier” by Rupert Brooke – Arreola

Luis Arreola
Ms. Nelson
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.

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Rupert Brooke – Arreola

Born: August 3,1887 in Rugby,Warwickshire

Died: April 13,1915 at the age of twenty seven at the dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London

Biography

Robert Chawner Brooke was the son of the Rugby School’s house master. At the age of fourteen, he attended Rugby, a boarding school where he studied Latin and Greek and began to write poems. He was good at athletics and academics and he won the school poetry prize in 1905 and went to King’s College a year later. He had an interest in acting and was president of University Fabian Society. Brooke’s poems were published in 1909 and his first book “Poems” appeared in 1911. Brooke was in love with three women even though he had love troubles. None of the relationships lasted long and after his third relationship failed, he went to England to travel in France and Germany.

He compiled an anthology entitled “Georgian Poetry” in 1912. Critics thought his poetry were f some events leading up to World War I. Brooke traveled again after having a mental breakdown in 1913. He spent several months in Canada, America, and the South seas. He wrote some of his best poems while on his trip in the South Seas which included “The Great Lover” and “Tiare Tahiti”

 Brooke decided to return to England in the spring of 1914, a few months before World War I began. Brooke volunteered for the service and joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. While in war, he decided to write five sonnets titled “nineteen fourteen”. He ended his sonnets with “The Soldier” his most famous and openly patriotic poem. In the poem, he imagines his death and accepts it as a noble sacrifice for his country.
His sonnets instantly became famous when he returned. When he died, William Ralph Inge read his poem “The Soldier” at his funeral. His death was felt throughout Europe and a man named Eder stated “Brooke’s war sonnets perfectly captured the mood of the moment”.
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“Rupert Brooke.” Poets.org – Poetry, Poems, Bios & More. Web. 30 Jan. 2012. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/181.