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In The Soldier by Rupert Brooke we can see that it is very symbolic and patriotic. It is mainly about dying for one's own country.

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Introduction

English War Poetry Work When we read each different poem we can see the different techniques and methods used to convey each scenario. In the 4 poems I have studied we can see that some are simple pre-first World War jingoism whereas others show the horrors of the world war as they are. Some have symbolism and others contain consolation. In The Soldier by Rupert Brooke we can see that it is very symbolic and patriotic. It is mainly about dying for one's own country. The opening line is very negative and pessimistic. 'If I should die think only this of me.' The poet is assuming he has a high chance of dying in the war. The next line is very patriotic; 'There's some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.' This line may make you think that he does not give a care for his own life, he is more concerned with spreading the empire of England. 'In that rich earth a richer dust concealed.' This line just means that in the rich soil there is a richer dust (his remains) hidden. He thinks that the remains of a British soldier who died for his country is richer than any soil. 'A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, gave, once her flowers to love, her ways to roam.' ...read more.

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The way it compares a cricket match to a war is quite silly. However these are the techniques which were used to entice people into signing up and fighting for their country. The next poem is very serious and takes a severe approach on war. Exposure by Wilfred Owen is a poem not about the enemy attacking but about the threat of the harsh weather conditions. 'Our brains ache, in the merciless iced east winds that knive us...' This first line introduces you to just how harsh the weather is. The wind is so cold that it is almost as if they are being knived. 'Wearied we keep awake because the night is silent...' This shows us that silence is seen as a threat and they don't know what is happening - it is more assuring to hear someone and know what they are doing rather than not to hear them and have an idea. It also the pun on Silent Night, normally seen as happy here it is used in a different manor. 'Low, drooping flares confuse our memory of the salient...' the soldiers cannot remember what has happened of where the enemy because of the flares. The bright lights confuse them. 'Worried by silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous. But nothing happens.' This line is basically an anti-climax because the whole first stanza builds up to 'nothing happens.' ...read more.

Conclusion

This line shows that even in sleep the soldier cannot escape from the war and the soldier who he could not save haunts him in his sleep. 'If in some smothering dreams you too could pace behind the wagon that we flung him in, and watch the white eyes writhing in his face, his hanging face like a devil's sick of sin; if you could hear, at every jolt, the blood come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs, obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues - my friend, you would not tell with such high zest to children ardent for some desperate glory, the old lie: Dolce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori.' This stanza is just saying that if you could have seen the pain and suffering of the soldier that we threw in the wagon then you would not tell your children that lie. The amount of emphasis put into how horrid the soldiers' appearance was is quite amazing. 'Like a devil's sick of sin,' a devil would never become sick of sin unless something was really wrong. This poem is very graphic and shows only a small event in the war. It is mocking the patriotism of some people. In conclusion we could say that some poets may have been influence by government rule and may have just wanted to make money out of a war whereas others wanted to tell the true story behind the fighting and the 'glory.' ...read more.

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