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“The Dead” by Rupert Brooke

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The First World War effected people in many different ways. The war for some was horrific and terrible, soldiers saw their friends in pain and their friends die. For some the war was seen as a patriotic nationalist: young men fighting for their country, some may die but at least they died for their country. These two views of the war were very different and they depend on what you experienced during the war. By reading war poems we can see in to the heart of these soldiers and how they saw the war. The first sonnet is a Patriotic poem called "The Dead" it is written by Rupert Brooke in 1914. The first verse talks about life when you are alive and how you take it for granted. The first verse fools you into thinking that this is a peaceful sonnet "These hearts were woven of human joys and cares, washed marvellously with sorrow, swift to mirth." This short sentenced verse then ends powerfully with "All this is ended" meaning that life has ended for all these soldiers. ...read more.


John McCrae being a doctor would have seen all the terrible injuries that occurred, he would have heard the soldiers cry out loud for help. In Flanders Fields is a heartfelt poem. In the first verse It talks about a field in which rows and rows of men lay in their graves and among the horror of these mass graves are beautiful red poppies. I think this first verse sets the mood of the rest of the poem, the poem carries on and John McCrae uses a verse from Rupert Brooke called the "the Dead". The last verse changes from focusing on dead soldiers in their graves to the soldiers who are alive. He says that the soldiers alive should carry on fighting not only for themselves not only for the women and children at home but also for the thousands of soldiers who lay in their grave. "The torch; be yours to hold it high" The torch is symbolising the war and the torch is being passed from the dead soldiers to the soldiers who are alive. ...read more.


Like the verse before this ends with a very powerful line "The hell where youth and laughter go". Siegfield Sassoon is tormented with his pain but what makes the pain worse is the fact that those people at home do not understand him and his pain. They do not know "The hell where youth and laughter go." Mohammed Taguri I have studied four different poets: Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, John McCrae and Siegfield Sassoon. These four-war time poets wrote about different aspects of the war and on their experiences of war. I think Rupert Brooke is a peace-lover but he has not experienced much in the war. I believe that Wilfred Owen was a pacifist who wanted to go home after experiencing a lot of terrible things. I think John McCrae was very patriotic despite all the tragic things that happened around him. Siegfield Sassoon was a rightfully bitter Man who because of his wartime experiences resented those who put him in the war and for the people at home because they did not know the things he and other soldiers went through. These Men wrote these poems so that people who did not go to war could have an insight on the way life was. Mohammed Taguri ...read more.

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