Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April
He was an English poet who apparently was described as “the handsomest young man in England” and known for his idealistic war sonnets written during WWI.
Brooke belonged to the literary group “Georgian Poets” and he was one of the most important .He had some problems in his emotional life in 1912 caused by sexual confusion and jealousy who resulted the end of his long relationship with Ka Cox(Katherine Laird Cox). During his emotional recuperation he wrote travel diaries for the Westminster Gazette.
Brooke’s emotional life has inspired John Gillespie Magee. Jr. to write “Sonnet to Rupert Brooke”.
His war poems debut was in 1915 when The Times Literary Supplement …show more content…
It reads: “My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity”.
This is a list of his most popular poems : “The Soldier”(1914), ”Peace”(1914),”The Dead”(1914),”Blue Evening”, “Safety”(1914)
The themes of this poem are: death, warfare, patriotism, nature
He speaks about his own death, compares himself to “dust’ what make you think immediately to funerals. He thinks at the life after death.
If u read the title you can find out what the main theme would be of the poem (“The Soldier”), the war. This is not just a usual War I-era poem; Brooke brings the war in a positive/optimistic picture.
England is like a mother for him and he is a true patriot who fights for his loved country.
For the soldier, the nature maybe plays a bigger role in our life than our parents. He uses many personifications about nature, for example: “washed “and “blest” by the rivers and suns of his homeland”
“England” and …show more content…
In the poem the speaker talks about the fields, flowers, rivers, dust, etc…
Line 5: “Dust whom England bore” personification of the nature
Line 6:”her flowers to love”, the speaker is very close to the nature
Line 8: Personification: “Washed by the rivers”
Form and meter
This poem is a sonnet. “The Soldier” has 14 lines and is divided into two groups: the octave (first 8 lines) who introduces the problem and the sestet (last 6 lines) where the problem gets solved. We also have a “Volta” of the “turn” in de begin of the sextet shift gears.
In the octave the poem discuss how it would be if he dies and what was the role of England in his development, he mainly talks about life on earth. In the sestet the speaker changes the direction of the poem away from the earth to the afterlife in the heaven.
The poem is written in a metrical form called iambic pentameter. It consists five jambs where each jamb has a two-syllable pair that consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable. But not the full poem is written in iambic pentameter, in line 8 we also have the trochee, where a syllable pair that contains a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable.
Jamb in line 9: “And think, this heart, all evil shed