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Post WWI Poetry Essay

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Post WWI Poetry Essay The poems that I will compare are Rupert Brooke - The Soldier, Seigfried Sassoon - 'They', and How Sleep the Brave - William Collins. Rupert Brooke - The Soldier The first few words that Brooke uses are 'If I should die,' He uses if as a possibility of death. He uses this because he thinks death is a possibility not a definite answer to war. The forth word he uses connects the Sestet and Octave together because 'think' is used in both stanza. At the end of the first line he says 'me'. This means that he is a 'patriotic soldier who has done his duty for his country'. 'That there's some corner of a foreign field'. This means where every he falls during the war, no matter if it is in a shell hole or on the edge of a river he will be able to die in a piece of England. ...read more.


The last three lines describe the 'Good of England'. The last line 'In hearts at peace, under an English heaven', can have two meanings. The first one is that his heart is at rest because he has died, and the second is he will be bringing peace to the world. In both stanza's think means imagine. So in other words he wants you to image if he was dead, then he talks about the things his body would do after he had died. Then he talks about imaging that all his evil has been shed away and he will be at peace. The repetition of the word England shows the importance of England to the poet and 'the soldier'. Seigfried Sassoon - 'They' This poem explains the horrors of war and the effect on the soldier's who returned from the mud and gun fighting. 'The Bishop tells us: 'When the boys come back, they will not be the same;'. ...read more.


This means that their dirge (a funeral song) is being sung by the angels above. 'There honour comes, a pilgrim grey', this means that the dead, have been given honour after they have died and they are being remembered. The forth line of the second stanza describes the ground of where the soldiers dies as blessed. The Soldier is a very patriotic poem and Brooke uses if a lot. This means that there is a possibility of death for him, but he has accepted his fate. He seems to glorify war; he doesn't show the bad sides of war, death or suffering. He just says that when a soldier dies he will be remembered Siegfried Sassoon's They describes the horrors of war rather than The Soldier which doesn't. It explains the different affects that the war has had on different people. People have lost legs, gone blind, shot, and got lots of different diseases. William Collins describes what happens to the soldier after he has died. He describes the more spiritual side of the death of the soldiers. He honours the dead soldiers for their effort in the war. ?? ?? ?? ?? James Shields 25-6-2003 ...read more.

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