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"The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke: Language, theme and treatment of the subject matter

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"The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke: Write a critical appreciation of the poem, paying special attention to the language, the theme and the treatment of the subject matter. "The Soldier" is an Italian sonnet written in iambic pentameter. It has an English rhyme scheme for the octave and an Italian rhyme scheme for the sestet. The sonnet is about a soldier's somewhat idealistic view of war of how people should not mourn for the dead of a war but instead be proud that they have done their country proud. The mood of the poem is blissful and reminiscent. The two main themes of the sonnet are about patriotism and war. At the beginning of the sonnet, the poet states that one should "think only this of me". ...read more.

Middle

The use of "corner" and "foreign" brings with it a sense that the area is hidden and insignificant and this makes the reader feel distant from that place. However, this only serves to make the reader more proud of the soldier who is willing to go to far places just to fight for his country. By adding that that foreign corner will be "for ever England", the poet's intention is to make the readers be even more proud of the soldiers who died but left a permanent and eternal mark of their country, England, on that land. The readers would feel much pride that there are marks of England even in the far reaches of the world. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the second tercet of the sestet, the mood becomes much lighter with the mentioning of "sights and sounds", "dreams happy as her day", "laughter", "friends", "gentleness" and "at peace". By using such happy images to end off the poem, the poet is trying to imply of the happy ending of the soldiers as they have died gloriously by serving their country. The poet does this so as to conclude to the reader the poem's main intention of showing that serving in a war is all about glory and pride for your country and downplaying the pain and suffering. Finally, all these gaiety are summed up as an "English heaven", to reinforce the superiority of England. ...read more.

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There is some engagement with the poem, and the writer does attempt to answer the question throughout. Whilst there are paragraphs which show the ability to analyse in a detailed manner using the Point, Evidence, Analysis structure, some of the points do not develop analysis fully and do not employ enough technical vocabulary. The sonnet form is largely ignored, except for a brief reference in the introduction, and structural features of rhythm and rhyme are not explored. Three stars.
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Marked by teacher Lucy Foss 04/03/2013

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