Choose one poem and prepare an analysis.
Compare it to “Soldier, Rest!”
Illustrate it with pictures and explain which different parts of the poem they illustrate.
Post the analysis in your blog.
I strongly suggest these authors: Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and T. Hardy (but you can choose whoever you want)
BY RUPERT BROOKE
Now, God be thanked who has matched us with his hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping!
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary;
Leave the sick hearts that honor could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!
Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there,
Where there’s no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending,
Naught broken save this body, lost but breath;
Nothing to shake the laughing heart’s long peace there,
But only agony, and that has ending;
And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.
- structure: it is a sonnet with 14 lines. It is divided into two parts, one with 8 lines and the second one with 6 lines.
- The first price describes the setting of the poem.
- Then there is a complete change which shock the readers.
- there are two different thoughts of how the rhyme structure is: ABBA ABBA CDE CDE (the Petrarchan Sonnet) or ABAB CDCD EFEF GG (the Shakespearian Sonnet).
- The theme of this poem would be in my opinion, war and peace. The message that the poet wants to transmit is that war has brought peace to the men who fought in it because it cleared up their minds about which was their purpose in life.
I believe that when comparing this poem with Soldier, rest! They seem pretty similar because they speak about death and war as something which provides tranquility. War is something which transmits peace and positive things rather than negativity.
I could not fond a picture that expressed exactly what I imagined when reading the poem. The image i have in my head is a soldier dying in peace, with pride because he had reached his purpose in life. He died proudly, it is not necessary for him to be dead maybe he is alive but he is proud because he has completed a challenge in life.