S: Rupert Brooke
BC: "Rupert Brooke." BBC News. BBC. Web. 27 Mar. 2012 | "Rupert Brooke - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More." Poets.org. Web. 27 Mar. 2012.
FC: Rupert Brooke
1: Born: August 3, 1887 Rugby, Britain 2nd of three sons
3: -Lived around and attended the school of Rugby -Father worked as house master there -Considered to be a very striking young chap -Excelled in academics -Played on school's cricket and Rugby teams -Won the school's poetry prize in 1905 | Childhood
5: Education | Attended: King's College, Cambridge Took up an interest in acting President of University Fabian Society
6: -After college spent much of his time traveling Europe and United States -Well known in political and Literary circles -Befriended Winston Churchill -Had a mental episode due to a traumatic love life -Spent more time traveling and writing poems using the places he visited as inspiration
9: Enlisted in military during WW1 -Royal Navy Division -Action in defense of Antwerp 1914 -Wrote his best poems after this battle (5) -Health compromised by the flu -Died due to blood poisoning by bug bit
11: Other Work | -Peace -The Dead -Beauty and Beauty -Ante Aram -Blue Evening
12: 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. | Stanza 1 | In stanza 1 the speaker talks about the possibility of his death and how it would not be in vain for it would be an honor to die for his country.
13: 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. | Stanza 2 | In stanza 2 the speaker talks about how dying for his country would strip him of all his wrong doings. All that would be remembered are the pleasant memories he made in England.
14: Theme Pride in serving your country. The ultimate sacrifice of dying for something you believe in. | Speaker A soldier, perhaps Rupert Brookes. | Tone Patriotic, encouragement to others serving | Form- Sonnet
15: Personification England spoken as if she were a lady | P.O.V. 1st person | Imagery Author uses very descriptive wording
16: Denotation The dust the soldier talks about is actually him. | Symbol The soldier is a piece of England so if he dies on foreign soil there is piece of England there.
17: Connection to Brave New World | This is a bit of a stretch but in the Brave New World everyone is conditioned to believe what they are doing what is right, what they are supposed to do. Much like the soldier in this poem who is proud to be doing his country the greatest favor he can and in doing so is earning a redemption for any wrongdoing he has done in the past. Keep in mind this is a very light comparison and I am not saying that there is anything wrong with believing the way the soldier believes.