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1914 V: The Soldier

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
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  • Sylva Portoian (3/29/2010 4:45:00 AM)

    Rupert Brooke “1914, The Soldier”
    New millennial cohorts criticized him for nationalism.
    -------------
    Why some people enjoy criticizing
    Without understanding,
    What the Homeland means.

    Your Land, is the Mother of all
    The place where you touch the ground
    And feel it belongs…
    ‘It's Yours’,
    The place you smell flowers and trees.

    Where scavengers can’t throw you out,
    Somewhere you feel an orphan.
    Struggle to earn just a piece of bread.
    If are able to earn more
    Every evil soul will get jealous.

    Who tried that life can understand
    What the young Poet,
    Rupert Brooke meant.

    My Parents been hurled
    To an arid desert...Three times
    Leaving their civilization behind
    Still expecting the forth!

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  • Jean Dament (9/20/2009 7:13:00 PM)

    A beautiful poem written with much devotion for his homeland, England & it describes well his life as a soldier.
    Ravensong

  • Ravi A (9/20/2009 1:49:00 PM)

    As an English man, he had all the loyalty for England. This is really understandable. During his days, England was naturally ruling the land and if he had thought in this way, there is ample justification from his point of view. As a patriot, he couldn't think ill of his country and sincerely thought that the country men of those lands that were under the rule of England would actually show the loyalty for England. I consider that while the poet wrote this poem, he was not one sided in his thought. There is temperance towards the end (recall the line...with all evils shed away..) of the poem that is suggestive of softness of thought rather than a one sided over powering thought.

  • Emma_1221@list.ru Adamyan (9/20/2009 8:01:00 AM)

    very good poem. the poet was a real patriot. deserves respect

  • Danila Fatkullin (9/20/2009 7:28:00 AM)

    Nice, if a little bit ethnocentric.

  • Kees Popinga (9/20/2009 2:21:00 AM)

    There's too much nationalism in Brooke's verse. The immense tragedy of WWI is best expressed by the Italian Giuseppe Ungaretti or the French Julien Vocance.

  • Robert Quilter (9/22/2008 12:12:00 PM)

    Not all war poems, have to be about legs being blown off or the horrors of trench warfare during WW1.
    Context; Having spent my first 27 or so years in England, and having a Grandfather involved in WW1, this takes on a strong personal meaning to me.
    The sentiment is not a currently popular attitude to take in the United Kingdom (Re: British troops in Iraq) , but to me and my rose colored glasses it does hit home.
    Brooke died aged 27, having made quite a mark, in the legacy of World War 1 poets.
    'some corner of a foreign field that is forever England....'is an immortal line...to me, anyway.I encourage further reading

  • C May (9/20/2008 2:49:00 PM)

    Although I like his style, Brooke lacks the vivid realism of war.

  • Dick Goddard (10/20/2007 3:52:00 PM)

    He wrote the poem during WW1. During that war and WWII soldiers who died were usually buried in the country where they died. Some may consider that he was predicting his own death because he was killed during WW and buried in a foreign country.

  • Christie Nair (6/17/2007 11:06:00 AM)

    didn't understandgddgdfgggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg

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