Rupert Brooke

(1887-1915 / Warwickshire / England)

1914 V: The Soldier - Poem by Rupert Brooke

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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Comments about 1914 V: The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

  • 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. (Report) Reply

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  • Emma Adamyan (9/20/2009 8:01:00 AM)


    very good poem. the poet was a real patriot. deserves respect (Report) Reply

  • (9/20/2009 7:28:00 AM)


    Nice, if a little bit ethnocentric. (Report) Reply

  • (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. (Report) Reply

  • (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
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  • (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. (Report) Reply

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