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The Soldier by Rupert Brooke. How does Brooke use his poem to persuade men to join the army?

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"How does Brooke use his poem to persuade men to join the army?" The Soldier is a poem written by Rupert Brooke which was meant to persuade men to join the army in the First World War. To do this, Brooke had to use many different techniques. The first technique Brooke uses is personification. This meant that he made nouns have human characteristics. For example, from the sixth line it states, "A body of England's, breathing English air." From this we can already see two examples of personification, firstly, the word "body" and, secondly, the word "breathing". We already know that England cannot literally have a "body" and England definitely cannot "breathe", so it must be personification. ...read more.

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This is shown in the first line which tells us, "If I should die, think only this of me." Here the I is the first person and it is like the writer is personally informing us of what we should do if he dies. This makes the reader feel more involved. Another technique is alliteration. This makes emphasis on certain words and can create a different meaning. Brooke uses the words "foreign field" which emphasises the fact that it is not in England and since England is a main point in the poem, it can create a harsher feeling towards the word "foreign" and maybe create a meaning of dislike or hatred. ...read more.

Conclusion

This gives hope to the reader since even if he dies, he knows he will die in honour and die for England what means he will die for the people. If he does die, he can be sure to go to an "English heaven" which Brooke describes in the last line. Brooke also says that if he dies then his heart will be at peace and everyone shall remember him. Finally, the last technique that Brook uses is imagery. This is one of the most important techniques in this poem and is displayed in various ways. The one that is most strong is "washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home." This gives a beautiful image in your mind of the wonderfulness of England. ...read more.

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