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Poem Analysis – the Soldier

It has been in the early days of the World War I, when Rupert Brook wrote his poem Soldier, conveying in the most elegant manner the feeling of selfless sacrifice, which the young men felt when they were going to the battlefield. The poem is a very curious example of the patriotic lyric for several reasons – it formed the stylistic choice of the author and the general ambiance of the verse.

Firstly, let’s consider the form. It was written as a sonnet, the form especially popular in the 14th-16th centuries for the love poetry. Petrarch in Italy in his poems to the beloved revealed the level of intimacy, which became exemplary for centuries to come. And when this form is used in the patriotic poetry – it creates a feeling of a very strong intimacy, almost corporeal feeling of love towards homeland: “A body of England's, breathing English air”. And indeed, the strong love of the anonymous soldier to his land is the reason for his selfless sacrifice. The sacrifice of the soldier is similar to the mother's sacrifice to her child or a lover's self-renunciation. The poem describes how through the death for his motherland the soldier purifies his soul. The transformative character of death in the poem is described as some primordial rite through which the actor enjoys the unification with the eternal spirit. The idea of a mystical revelation, which any soldier could enjoy, if he joined the army, was especially strong in the very early stages of war. No wonder that the poem was recited in the St. Paul’s cathedral at a great Easter festivity.

The imagery of the soldier’s pastoral England is deprived of the urban disturbance. It is a countryside, which enchants the soldier, with the rivers and fields of the pre-industrial lost paradise. It is an imaginary land of his ancestors and his future heaven. It is England of his death, which he pictures for a reader. And so the soldier does not need more, than to be united with this land of honey and milk, through the dust of his ashes.

This poem is the hint, to what will happen with those sensitive souls, who will survive the World War I and in search of their lost pastoral lands will get lost in the “lost generations". Because after the war was over there appeared to be no place for the romance of the calm countryside for those who came back disillusioned from the war.

It has been in the early days of the World War I, when Rupert Brook wrote his poem Soldier, conveying in the most elegant manner the feeling of selfless sacrifice, which the young men felt when they were going to the battlefield. The poem is a very curious example of the patriotic lyric for several reasons – it formed the stylistic choice of the author and the general ambiance of the verse.

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