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Analysis Of "The Soldier"

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In "The Soldier", Brooke's firm patriotism towards England is shown through two different points of view--the octet illustrating what will happen when he dies in battle and the sestet describing the afterlife. He believes that if he should be remembered for anything, it would be that he is English. He even goes as far as stating that "In that rich earth a richer dust concealed," meaning that if he were to die on a foreign land, its soil would be made better because a piece of England would be buried along with him. The entire poem glorifies England as Brooke incorporates it into a sonnet, includes various forms of imagery, and also develops his admiration towards his country by describing ...view middle of the document...

With this structural format, Brooke is able to describe his most favored way of dying--dying with English pride as well as with the blissful moments he experienced from living on Earth.
The imagery that Brooke incorporates into this poem runs through both the first and second stanza, helping him to easily expand on the attachment he feels toward England. The structure of the poem comes into play once again since in the first stanza he describes the natural characteristics of England, whereas in the second stanza, he uses the imagery to describe English heaven. However, most of the imagery applied in the poem comes in the form of figurative language. For example, "richer dust" is a metaphor that represents his life. Since his life was built upon "sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day" but more importantly, in "English air", his English "dust" becomes richer than the earth around it once buried. The fact that Brooke even calls this air "English air" gives England a sense of uniqueness as well. Additionally, the sights, sounds, dreams, laughter, friends, and gentleness that England gave to him (personification), is the reason why he felt that it is worthwhile to die for his country in the first place. In fact, by dying for his country, English heaven will "give back" the thoughts that was originally given him; making his life in English heaven just was good as it was before, if not better. By using these various forms of imagery, Brooke is able to even further exemplify his complex feelings about England.
The diction throughout the poem contains mainly...

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