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Comparison between Rupert Brooke's "The Soldier" and Thomas Hardy's "Drummer Hodge".

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Comparison between Rupert Brooke's "The Soldier" and Thomas Hardy's "Drummer Hodge". Rupert Brook's "the soldier" and Thomas Hardy's "drummer hodge" share the same theme, however their individual perceptions about the war are very different and are depicted through their poems. Rupert Brook's inspirational poem "the soldier" was written in 1914 and Brooke speaks from the first person as a soldier in World War I, as the simple title reveals. Brooke composed this poem before encountering the war itself, although he never did a get a chance to do so as he deceased before he got the opportunity. As compared to many other war writers such as Owen and Siegfried who fought in the war, Brooke's concept about war was very positive. The soldier proves Brooke's point of view. In The Soldier the author embodies the persona of an English soldier who anticipates encountering death in war. When this trooper does die, he asks not that his country be sorrowful for his death, but that they consider that the piece of earth "corner of a foreign field" that his body lies on be considered won for England "is for ever England". ...read more.

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made aware, (as a child is taught at an early age by his or her mother) gave, once her flowers to love." Just as a mother provides comfort, safety, and lover for her child, so the country of England has done for its "child," this soldier. England is compared to a heaven on Earth: as a safe haven that the English soldier can look forward to returning to after wartime. After the young soldier's body has died, his heart enters a heaven, and that heaven is for this soldier, England. His heart is at peace, as in paradise, as the author mentions in line fourteen; "In hearts at peace, under an English heaven." Rupert Brooke employs a gentle or peaceful tone in The Soldier so as to emphasize the peace that death will bring him. This particular thought of his is very much similar to Lord Byron's Stanzas, who would go anywhere to fight in war and "get knighted". He avoids the gruesome descriptions of war unlike many of the other poets such as Owen, Sassoon, and Rosenberg who also wrote about the war at the time, but they had fought in the war. ...read more.

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His remains will nourish the roots of "some Southern tree". The imagery that Hardy uses, emphasis on nature, "southern trees" and "strange stars". This fact stresses further on the peculiarity and embarrassment of being buried in a foreign land. On the contrary for Brooke, to die in any other place would be honourable, as he would make give the soil where he is buried English nutrients and eventually turn it into England (metaphorically). Hardy in his works echoes the torture and the distress the war gives, just like how Owen does in "disabled". Truly one of the few optimistic poets of the time, Brooke left an example that many others after him chose not to follow i.e. to say that The Soldier is one of the very few optimistic poems written. Where as Drummer Hodge on the other hand follows the typical theme of the horrors and epithets of the war. Personally I admire both the poems equally. Both, the soldier and the drummer die serving their country but one holds the charm of an innocent soldier enthusiastic about being killed in a foreign land on duty and the other mourns on a death of a young drummer who is disrespectfully thrown in an unmarked ditch in a foreign land. ...read more.

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