Rupert Brooke Essay Research Paper Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke Essay, Research Paper

Rupert Brooke was one of the early poets in the war. He felt privileged like

many to fight for their country. He died of illness in 1915 before having seen

any action. He wrote in a romantic style of optimists towards war. He is

remembered as a "war poet" who inspired patriotism in the early months

of the Great War. He was good at poetry but had not seen the fear of the war. He

would have been shocked to see what became of the war. His view towards war

would have changed if he had. The Soldier If I should die, think only this of

me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. There

shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore,

shaped, made aware, Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam, A body of

England’s breathing English air, Washed by the rivers, blest by the suns of

home. And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind, no

less Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; He sights and sounds;

dreams happy as her day; And laughter learnt of friends: and gentleness, In

hearts at peace, under an English heaven. He was proud that he was part of

history of helping England, the country that had given him life and joy. He

hadn’t and was never going to see the dreadfulness of the war. Mc Crae wrote

about Flanders Fields in 1915. It is the most famous poem. Mc Crae didn’t see

the worst of the war. In one year 60 000 English men were going to die in one

day. This was written after the first major battle in Belgium. His poems show a

change of attitude, unlike the Soldier Flanders Fields talks about guns. It uses

poignant irony (emotional power) to explain how he is feeling. It is a

bittersweet poem. It does not contempate death in a future sense like The

Soldier but talks about the past. It is sad but still jingoistic Through the

sense of tragedy there is something brighter. The value is that war is tragic,

but not pointless like Owen points out. It is only pointless if we do not carry

out what the soldiers began. . There is a value, that death is tragic. He

justifies the wretched sacrifice by explaining that is it is necessary to carry

on and win the war, or the sacrifice will be in vain. The symbols he uses are

poppies and crosses, which are still seen today in Flanders Fields. At the time

when he was writing this poem, the fields were not so beautiful. The once flat

terrain had become the land of shells and bodies. Torrential rains turned

Flanders into a swamp. This became a death whole for tried soldiers. Hundreds of

men drowned in mud blood and slime. (Shermer.D (1973) p 190) In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark

out place: in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scares heard amid

the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunsets

glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders Fields. Take up our

quarrels with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to

hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though

poppies grow In Flanders Fields. It reminds us that the soldiers had feelings.

It is ambiguous and patriotic. He is talking to the next soldiers that will take

his place and fight for his country. His images have become part of the

collective memory of war. Each image accurately triggers off its expected

emotional response. The red flowers, of traditional pastoral elegy and the

crosses, which suggest the idea of Calvary and sacrifice. The skies from the

trenches- the birds sing, in the midst of the horror and terrors, of man’s

greatest folly. "The conception of soldiers as lovers; and the antithesis

drawn between beds and graves. The poem sails across the imagination laden with

literary associations ransacked from the riches of the past." It is tragic

but not pointless like Owen, he justifies the sacrifice. (Fussell.P (1997) p1)

Mc Crae is talking to people on a personal level. They are beginning to ask

questions about perusing the morals of war. He is saying that we must keep

trying. http://www.emory .edu/ENGLISH/LostPoets/JM-Comment.html Wilfred Owen

offered an arguable point- whether Christianity could survive. He grew up

emotionally and spiritually during his war experiences. He uses irony in the

poem Le Christianisme. A church is holy and a sacred quiet place that has been

destroyed and is in damage. This change is quite ironic. Someone placed a helmet

on the Virgin Mary in aid of protecting her. This would have been a site for

Owen and the eyewitness’ who actually saw this aftermath. This causes an

individual to think about who is protecting us and whether Christianity still

can survive during the war. Whether there really is a God. This was a nationwide

attitude that changed at the starting of the battle. Le Christianisme So the

church Christ was hit and buried Under its rubbish and its rubble. In cellars,

packed-up saints long serried, Well out of hearing of our trouble. One Virgin

still immaculate Smiles on for war to flatter her. She’s halo’d with an old tin

hat, But a piece of hell will battle her. Owen uses biblical comparisons to

reveal how pure Christianity will not fit in with pure patriotism. He thought of

war as anything but vile, if necessary evil. (Given sheets p. 12)