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Comparison of The Soldier and Why Patriots Are Nuts In The Head

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Comparison of ?The Soldier? and ?Why Patriots Are Nuts In The Head? The soldier was written in ww1 and the language used to formal e.g. ?concealed? rather than ?hidden?. The second poem was written more recently and uses informal language ?yobbo? and ?belly?. I think both poems, ?why patriots are nuts in the head? and ?the soldier? are important. Both poets use a range of vocabulary telling us they put effort in. the soldier describes death war very little but describes death. On the other hand, the second poem describes war like hell saying ?belly shot away? and it says you rot on the corner of a field next to a soldier. This tells me that death is awaiting you as soon as you join the army. He is serious about the poem as he cares about people and he wants to save their lives so he exaggerates war like a horror in order to save people. ...read more.


Since this poem was written as an Italian verse, the rhyme pattern used in this poem is arranged into fixed pattern. For example: ?If I should die, think only this of me: (A) That there's some corner of a foreign field (B) that is forever England. There shall be (A) In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;? (B) It has two verses and a sestet, such as ABAB CDCD EFG EFG. The first eight lines of this poem follow an Elizabeth sonnet rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD) and the next six lines follow Petrarchan rhyme scheme (EFG EFG). The Soldier is written as a lyric poetry, which the poet uses to express his emotions and thoughts toward loyalty for England. McGough was unlikely to be called upon to fight for his country because both world wars had ended. If he witnessed the bloodshed, I think he would have changed his view as he would have witnessed families being split apart and a friend dying. ...read more.


Also it was Brookes sacrifice to get to heaven and when he was in the army the more feared battles such as the Somme wasn?t experienced by him. If it was I think he would?ve changed his opinion. McGough poem show that he doesn?t believe in religion because he uses ?when you are posthumous it is cold and dark? this means that when you die that is the end, you don?t have a second life or nothing but you just stay in the most cold and darkest corners of the earth. So from this I think McGough is afraid to face death and uses his poem as an excuse. However, in Brookes he describes death as a sort of noble thing. He says ?that there?s some corner of a foreign field?. That is forever Englands. This approach to death is a braver point of view, it sounds like he?s not scared of death because he knows that god will give him a second chance to live. He thinks everyone should be peaceful and happy. By arjun sangha 9 galahad ...read more.

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