Analysis of the Poem "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke


I am analyzing the poem "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke. This poem is
about a man who loves his country dearly. The country is England. He believes
that if he should die in a far away battle field that people should remember of
him only that he was English. Brookes says in his forth line, "In that rich
earth a richer dust concealed." This means that if he is to die in a land
other than England that the soil would be made better because there would now
be a piece of England within it.
The plot of this poem reinforces it\'s meaning because it deals with
death and love. These are two powerful things that evoke feeling in people.
It helps to create an image in the poem of a man who is very brave and would do
anything for his country.
The character in the poem reinforces the meaning because he truly
believes in his country. He describes England in his ninth line by saying,
"And think, this heart, all evil shed away." These are the words of a man who
truly believes that his land is the greatest of good.
Images in "The Soldier" are extremely strong and persuading. One image
is the line "Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam." This line
evokes images of a beautiful woman cherishing and caressing the man who stands
at her side. Another line is "Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home."
This line creates a feeling of tranquillity and a unity with nature.
Another line that evokes a feeling of peace and happiness is, "Her
sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day." Without such strong images, the
poem would probably not have such a great effect on the reader. Lines such as
this one force the reader to see the land in the same light as the poet.
Symbolism also plays a key role in this poem. Some of the more obvious
uses of symbolism are apparent in the line "And laughter, learnt of friends;
and gentleness." Obviously we realize that the land does not laugh and is not
gentle. This is symbolism used to tell us how wonderful a place England is to
live. More symbolism is in the first stanza where the poem says "If I should
die, think only this of me: That there\'s some corner of a foreign field that
is for ever England. There shall be in that rich earth a richer dust
concealed." As I mentioned earlier, Brooke believes that his dust will somehow
enrich the land because it will now have a piece of England in it.
The poem goes on to say that his dust was shaped and made aware by
England. It also says that England gave him it\'s flowers to love. The author
loves his country very much and uses extremely emotional symbols to make his
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Category: English