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To some poets, war seems a glorious adventure, to others it is merely brutal destruction. Compare the ways Brooke & Rosenberg explore the glory or futility of war.

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To some poets, war seems a glorious adventure, to others it is merely brutal destruction. Compare the ways the poets explore the glory or futility of war. The poem, 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke is written in the sonnet format but the rhyming scheme is divided into an octave and sestet pattern; the Shakespearean/ Elizabethan style of octave being 'ababcdcd', while the sestet follows the Petrarchan/Italian scheme of 'fgefg'. This contrasts to the structure of 'Dead Man's Dump' by Rosenberg, which does not show any consistency in the length of its stanzas or lines, nor does it establish a rhyming pattern. This may relate to the contrasting content of each of the poems. Rosenberg explores many ideas with the underlying view that war is an illogical, brutal destruction where the deaths of men are futile, much like the illogical structure his poem adopts. Rosenberg reflects on the mystery of life and death, and its gruesome reality in war. He also highlights spiritual and religious concepts of death through its connection with life, the soul, Earth and God. Brookes has deviated somewhat from the traditional thematic divisions associated with the octave and sestet rhyming scheme which question/predicament and resolution/solution, respectively. ...read more.


It stirs the question that if no one knew the extent of suffering the soldiers went through then what is the purpose of their deaths, is it of any value. These thoughts are conjured through rhetorical questions in 'Dead Man's Dump', 'have they gone into you?/ Somewhere they must have gone...' Both of the poems highlight dreaming, in 'The Soldier', Brooke compares dreaming to England, 'as happy and her day' and appeals to the reader's senses by imagining 'her sights and sounds'. 'Dead Man's Dump' mentions dreaming in a different light, those who are injured in the war 'dreamed of home', hoping that they will see it again and imagining as they take their final breaths. Brooke communicates that the death of the soldier was for England so that others may appreciate 'her flowers to love, her ways to roam' and to uphold the 'English heaven'. The religious imagery in this poem revolves around the country, 'blest by the suns of home', unlike 'Dead Man's Dump' which respects the 'God-ancestralled' wonders and reminds the reader of the Christian burial service, 'man born of woman'. It personifies Earth using strong imagery as evil waiting for the men to die 'fretting for their decay', compared to Brooke who personifies England as the mother who 'bore' and 'shaped' the man, 'all evil shed away'. ...read more.


Brookes expresses how he should be remembered 'if' he is to die. His poem reflects on the pleasures he has enjoyed in life and is not bitter towards death as those pleasures which have come from his country, will live on. The reminiscent tone of the poem is enforced by the frequent use punctuation to show his 'pause for thought' and listing all the 'glorious' aspects of life he has experienced in England, proud to represent 'English air' in a foreign land. Rosenberg, however, feels that 'the air is loud with death' and finds it a difficult concept to be at peace with. He questions different interpretations of it which is also reflected in the use of punctuation in the poem. A variety of punctuation is used to show Rosenberg's thought process as he tries to tackle the subject of death and its purpose in the context of war. He builds up the suspense of saving a dying soldier's life as he is symbolically 'stretched at the crossroads': 'we heard his weak scream/ we heard his very last sound' only for it to be too late and 'our wheels grazed his dead face'. His poem represents a personal journey of bitter emotions towards war, the disregard of life and the evil and wondrous forces that revolve around death. ?? ?? ?? ?? WW1 Poetry ...read more.

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