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The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

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In order to highlight on the themes of war, despair, death, courage, and conquest, Brooke adroitly puts into use various aspects of style and technique, which include rhyming, repetition, imagery, and metaphor. The use of these techniques enable the author to adequately explore and expose the dimensions of the main themes and meaning of the poem in a manner that clarifies and situates the matter within a definite setting with regard to both time and place. Brooke authored the poem at a time of one of the world’s most devastating wars. The choice of the language used in the poem effectively explores the meaning of chaos and destruction and the place of nationhood and sovereignty, which were also affected during the great campaign for global power as manifested.The poet employs a regular rhyme scheme in the poem to create a sense of rhythm, which contributes to the aesthetics of the poem besides creating a pattern of sounds that enhances the memorability of the poem. The words me and be which conclude the first and third lines of the poem begin a pattern that is sustained through other sets of rhyming words such as field and concealed, which complete second and fourth lines respectively. The pattern and rhythm generated by the rhyme scheme effectively contributes to enhancing the dominant themes of the poem, which include patriotism, death, despair, alienation, and conquest. Furthermore, the words effectively bring out the element of tone…. rhythm generated by the rhyme scheme effectively contributes to enhancing the dominant themes of the poem, which include patriotism, death, despair, alienation, and conquest. Furthermore, the words effectively bring out the element of tone, which helps to conjure up vivid images of the situation as experienced by the persona. The rhythm and pattern of the poem is equally brought out through the element of repetition. The word England and English are used generously throughout the poem. Apart from helping to situate the story within a particular context, the words have the effect of authenticating the poem by adding to the element of realism. They also help in contributing to the theme of patriotism in the sense that the feelings and love of the persona are manifestly projected towards England. Repetition in this poem plays an important role in laying emphasis in the dominant themes brought out in the poem. A significant aspect of meaning in this poem is made possible through the appropriate choice of imagery. Certain words have been used to create meaning both in the literal and figurative sense. Words such as flowers, dust, rivers, and heaven have potent meanings that bring out the meanings of issues as covered in the central themes of the poem (Brooke 6). It is important to conceptualize the words in terms of certain meanings and actions that connect with the feelings, mood, and tone as brought out by the poet. When used together, these words combine the meanings of the poem and unite it towards the portrayal of conditions that afflicted humanity at the time of its publication. For instance, flowers are used as symbols of hope. Dust on the other hand might be understood in a dual perspective that celebrates conquest and victory on the