The Soldier By: Rupert Brooke
Analysis by: Paul Chan
Author Bio: Rupert Brooke
Information found here: http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poet/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
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 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;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Second Stanza: Seen as more of a love letter to the speaker's loved ones as well as the speaker's idea of him having done no evil in the war as he will be find peace in death.This, also, alludes to God in terms of the "eternal mind" and "an English heaven" that may nod to his acts being with or fighting for God.
Theme: This poem contains a patriotic theme as it acts as a love poem to England as a whole and how the speaker is willing to die for his country
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