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What are the similarities and differences between Rupert Brooke's "Peace" and Herbert Asquith's "TheVolunteer"

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What are the Similarities and Differences between Rupert Brooke's "Peace" and Herbert Asquith's "The Volunteer" Rupert Brooke was born in Rugby, Warwickshire, where his father taught classics and was a housemaster at Rugby School. In his childhood Brooke immersed him self in English poetry and twice won the school poetry prize. In 1910 Brooke's father died suddenly, and Brooke was for a short time in Rugby a deputy housemaster. Thereafter Brooke lived on an allowance from his mother. The outbreak of World War I. interrupted Brooke's career as a writer. He was commissioned in Churchill's Royal Navy Division, and joined the Dardanelles expedition. Brooke did not see any action. He died of septicemia as a result of a mosquito bite - or according to some sources of food poisoning on a hospital ship off Scyros on April 23, 1915. Herbert Asquith was the son of the Prime Minister Herbert Henry Asquith. He was form an exceptionally good background indeed and mixed, very much like Brooke, in very privileged circles. ...read more.


Even the clerk, who has died in battle feels that his life has been fulfilled as he has fought for what he regarded as a just cause, "And now those waiting dreams are satisfied", and "his lance is broken but he lies content". This lack of realism was reflected in the poetry which came from the front line. This poetry was often used as propaganda as in the case of "The Volunteer". He - the clerk - has wasted "half his life .... Toiling at ledgers" and has now fulfilled his duty by dying young for his country. All of the early war poetry was filed with these heroic ideals of death for ones country; "If I should die think only this of me .... some corner of some foreign field that is forever England"- expressed through out-moded poetic styles such as the Shakespearean Sonnet to convey the power and intensity of their patriotism. It should also be noted that the second stanza of "The Volunteer" has to be read with the cynicism from a man who ...read more.


Brooke not only bends sonnet rules, he also tacks on an extra syllable to 10 of the 14 lines, while making line 9 (the beginning of the sestet) a full hexameter. The images in the first four lines: of religious calling, inspired youth, waking with restored strength and refreshed senses, and the swimmer turning (away from filthiness) and diving into sparkling clean water are images of baptism and absolution that belong to the doctrine of "muscular Christianity." Begun and practiced at Rugby where Brooke was born and raised, "muscular Christianity" was a late-Victorian public-school notion of cleansing and test of manhood afforded by getting out of doors and getting in the game. However, Brooke was also looking for a fresh start for himself. He was: "Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary". The end of the octave ("And all the little emptiness of love!") is the climax of the sonnet. But with the first line of the sestet, Brooke comes back to his theme of absolution and reinforces the dual meaning of the poem: "Oh, we who have known shame, we have found release there". ...read more.

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