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Soldier E. Brooke

English Lesson - interpretation of the poem Soldier by R. Brooke

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Soldier E. Brooke

  1. 1. Lessononthe ‘Soldier’byRupertBrooks 1. Before readingthe poem,pleaseanswerthese questions(pairwork). What changesinhistoryhave had a lastingeffectonyou? How dolife’sexperienceshelpusfindoutwhatmattersmost? What dopeople sacrifice themselves for?Why? How dopeople’sdreamsaffecttheirdecisions? 1. Readthe title andmake predictionsaboutthe contentof the poem. 2. Please readthe poemandvisualize it:  lookback throughthe poemfor wordsthat create images  use those wordsto make a picture inyourmindof the images  rereadthe poem The Soldier by Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) 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. 3. Talk aboutthese questionswithyourpartner: a. MOOD: What isthe moodof the poem?What wordsinthe poemsupportyouranswer? b. AUTHOR’S STYLE AND PURPOSE:Who isthe speakerinthe poem?Canyoudescribe him? How doesthe soldierpresenthimself? Whatishisintention?Whodoeshe speakto? How doeshe presentEngland? He says ‘(…)whom England bore, shaped, made aware,’ : How did England shape the soldier? Consequently, what kind of person did he become?
  2. 2. c. PERSONALEXPERIENCE: Is Brook’smessage (partiotism, beingproudof one’scountryand readyto sacrifice one’slife forit) stillvalidtoday?