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War Poetry: Rupert Brooke

Year 10 English | Language [VCELA] Literature [VCELT]

Source: Four Canadian soldiers, sleeping and writing letters in the trenches near Willerval. (IWM, 2019). Insert image: Rupert Brooke. (Encyclopædia Britannica, 2019).

Level 1 resource"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)

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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.

Level 3 resourceLEVEL

Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Students will understand that poetry is a deliberate form of language where structural and linguistic features combine to create meaning.
  • Students will understand that the poetry of war has a long tradition in literature.
  • Students will understand that meaning may change depending on the context, culture and linguistic understanding of the reader.
Essential Questions
  • How is poetry different to prose?
  • How can we create meaning with language?

War Poetry | Rupert Brooke: Quick facts

Rupert Brooks by Unknown photographer. bromide print, 1913. 11 5/8in. x 9 3/8in. (296 mm x 237 mm) Given by M.K. Clowes, 1954
NPG x4701 © National Portrait Gallery, London
Level 1Rupert Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915)
  • Born in England on 3 August 1887 and died on 23 April 1915 aged 27.
  • After university at Cambridge Brooke was one of the Bloomsbury group of writers.
  • Brooke's poem The Soldier was written at the start of World War I. With its theme of patriotism and self sacrifice it was very popular.
  • Brook enlisted and was on his way to fight in the Gallipoli campaign when he died from sepsis contracted from an infected mosquito bite. He was buried in an olive grove on the Greek island of Skyros.

War Poetry | Rupert Brooke: Articles

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War Poetry | Rupert Brooke: eBooks

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War Poetry | Rupert Brooke: Online resources

Level 1 resourceWeb sites

Rupert Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915)

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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.

The Soldier

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

Level 1 resourceWeb sites

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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

Level 2 resource

"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)


When using this video don't forget to cite and reference your sources. For more information and help see the Kerferd Library referencing guide and / or CiteMaker.

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

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