It was here that he grew up, attending both the preparatory and main schools.
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.
Brooke has also deviated somewhat from the traditional thematic divisions associated with the octave and sestet: The octave and sestet both enjoin the reader to imagine the blissful state of the fallen soldier.
Although Dean Inge objected to the neo-paganism of Brooke's idea of resurrection, And think, this heart, all evil shed away, A pulse in the eternal mind[,] 'The Soldier' touched a nerve and inspired imitations. Some were close and complimentary as they sought a recognizable connection with Brooke's sonnet.
If I should fall, grieve not that one so weak And poor as I Nay! Though thy heart should break Think only this: When you see millions of the mouthless dead Across your dreams in pale battalions go, Say not soft things as other men have said, That you'll remember.
For you need not so. Associated, as it came to be, with the discredited idealistic attitudes ofRupert Brooke's sonnet 'The Soldier' suffered a similar fate.
However, Stephen finds that "the personal element" in Brooke's sonnets distinquishes them from propaganda verse:Listen to the biggest hits from Robert Haas, including and more on Slacker Radio.
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