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hello and welcome to miracle English

language in the treaty Institute I'm

Professor Abba Sharma and these days I'm

doing poetry critical appreciation so

today I'm going to take up a very famous

sonnet from Rupert Brooke the soldier

Brooke is often known along with wilfred

oven and Sassoon Rupert was serving the

Royal Navy in 1915 he never experienced

frontline combat but when he was sailing

for Gallipoli with British Mediterranean

Expeditionary Force he was bitten by a

mosquito and then he contracted some

blood poisoning and he died on April

23rd 1915 and there only he was buried

he was so good-looking that once even

fill in butler yeats

had said about them the handsomest young

man in england he was very friendly with

the Bloomsbury group of writers also

where once was enough Wolfe posted to

with a sequela rest of going with Brooke

together in a moonlit pool when they

were in Cambridge in 1914 Brooke wrote a

series of sonnets that he titled 1914

but then when the World War one broke

out and he died of the mosquito by the

sonnets first appeared in the periodical

called new numbers in January 1915 let's

read this on it now the soldier 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 past whom England bore

shaped made aware cave once of last to

love her ways to roam a body of

England's breathing English air washed

by the rivers blessed by the sons of


is a patriotic sonnet divided into two

parts the octave and this estate so

let's do the impaired first and in this

the poet says that if a soldier he dies

in a foreign land fighting his own

country that particular spot will become

a part of England his bodies dust will

be superior and richer than the foreign

countries dust the point was born and

brought up in England and he had great

love and affection towards his


whatever he possesses today is given by

his own native country he has attained

knowledge discovered and wandered in

every part of his country's soil and has

taken in the English air by breathing

his thoughts his feelings his dreams

were all English

he gives complete credit to his country

for making him what he is today let's

take this estate and think this heart

all evil she'd 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 so here he says that his

country has given him everything he

needed to live this beautiful life so

whenever he thinks of his country every

little negative thing is shed off

he's full of karate-do towards his

motherland and he says that the

patriotic feeling runs in the blood it

is there as a pulse in the eternal mind

he talks about the love of the country

in the soul so he says that whenever a

person is out he feels so good thinking

about the motherland so when he is

fighting for his own country and he is

all surrounded by so much of pain and

misery whenever he thinks of his own

country all this

is lost all this breaks away and a good

feeling surrounds him and he remembers

all the beautiful sights and sounds

these thoughts they elevate him he

becomes nostalgic and he thought things

of the dreams he had for his own country

he thinks about his friends the

gentleness of the countrymen the

laughter and he feels that he's a person

who's satisfied contended under a very

happy nation that is all the hearts are

at peace and England is like a heaven to

all of them so he calls his motherland a

heaven for him all the beautiful

patriotic feeling is more when the

person is out of his motherland when he

becomes nostalgic he thinks all the

things which he missed in the present so

here also he talks about the physical

sense also that he's fighting for his

country and he may die fighting in some

other foreign land and in the second one

he talks about the feeling which runs in

his blood his mind is full of the

memories of his motherland so this is a

sonnet which resembles both the

Petrarchan style and also the English

style so structurally the sonnet takes

the Petrarchan moon but the rhyme scheme

follows the Shakespearean mode that is

the English sonnet so the structure of

ideas the octave presents the reflection

and thus estate evaluates the reflection

so the first eight lines that is the

octave he gives you the idea of the

soldier dying the dust buried in the

foreign land and it gives you the

feeling of death and the readers they

feel sad sympathetic towards the soldier

who died fighting for the country so he

creates a sense of loss here in the cest

it promises Redemption because the pulse

in the eternal mind is always there even

if the soldier dies fighting for his own

country so the sonnet expresses a single

great thought of patriotism they octave

insisted do not have different tones but

have similar thought the language is

modern and simple and there is a

metaphor there rich earth that is rich

earth a foreign land richer dust that is

the decayed body of the soldier is

ritual then the foreign land then there

is a personification the motherland is

personified as a female because her

sights and sounds dreams happy as third

day so through the pronoun her he has

personified England as a female as a

mother and the rhyme scheme of course is

like a b a b c d c d e f g e l she the

mood is patriotic throughout and is

optimistic because the feelings they

reveal satisfaction contention and


towards the mother country he doesn't

seem to be horrified or regretful rather

he takes romanticism central to the

feeling of patriotism he died very early

so he could not narrate the gloomy

situation the gritty realities which

were there in the first world war a lot

of which was described by oven and

Sassoon and also eyes and rosenberg they

had described a lot of mismanagement of

the war the trenchant analysis but he

laid his emphasis on being optimistic

and patriotic some of the famous phrases

from the sonnet like the sons of home

and the idea of task as both the earth

and the remains of the soldier they were

reworked several years later by the

fellow war poet phil

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