Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Rupert Brooke. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019).
"The ‘war poet’ and ‘war poetry’, observed Robert Graves in 1942, were ‘terms first used in World War I and perhaps peculiar to it’. From Anglo-Saxon times to the Boer War, war poetry in English was written largely by civilians and did not have a clearly defined identity; with the extraordinary outpouring between 1914 and 1918, it established itself as a genre and the soldier-poet became a species." (Das, 2014)
When accessing content use the numbers below to guide you:
Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)
Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.
Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)
Rupert Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915)
Click on the following book covers to place a hold in the library catalogue or access the book online. If prompted, sign in with your School mConnect user name and password.
In this section you will find the poem as well as online content that provides additional background information and literary criticism. Scroll down to see all the content.
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
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.
Source: Source: Brooke, R. (1920). The Soldier. Retrieved from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/poems/13076/the-soldier
To view this video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.
In text citation: (Okonedo, 2013) or Okonedo (2013)
Bibliography / Reference list:Okonedo, S. (2013). The Soldier by Rupert Brooke: Read by Sophie Okonedo. Channel 4 . Retrieved from https://youtu.be/iAFnhJojMYY
"THE SOLDIER. Written just before the First World War, Rupert Brooke's "The Soldier" was used as a recruiting poem for that war and wars after. Yet the man who wrote it had very limited experience of warfare. How far is this still very famous poem a piece of out-dated jingoism? Or how far can it be seen as a love poem to England? This lecture presents the arguments for both interpretations." (Barker, 2014)
In text citation: (Barker, 2013) or Barker (2013)
Bibliography / Reference list:Barker, A. (2014). Rupert Brooke - The Soldier - Poetry Lecture and Analysis. mycroftlectures. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/DB6nUtRSPxg