Comparative Essay Of &Quot;The Soldier&Quot; And &Quot;Why Patriot Are A Bit Nuts In The Head&Quot;
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‘The Soldier’ is an Old English poem that believes in patriotism. It narrates how soldier are blessed to be fighting for their country and to die in honor. This poem was written by Rupert Brooke; known for his idealistic sonnets written during World War I. Conversely, ‘Why Patriots are a bit Nuts in the Head’ is a free verse poem that emphasizes the reality of war and criticizes people who are patriotic; believing that it is neither delightful or joyful to die for one’s country. This poem was written by Roger McGough. By contrasting these two poems, both poets used different poetry form and theme.
The soldier is written as a iambic pentameter, consisting of an unaccented and accented syllable. In the first line of this poem: ‘If I should die, think only this of me:’ verify that the iambic pentameter patterns. Since this poem was written as a Italian sonnet, the rhyme pattern used in this poem are arranged into fixed pattern. For example:
‘If I should die, think only this of me: (A)
That there's some corner of a foreign field (B)
That is forever England. There shall be (A)
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;’ (B)
It has two quatrains and a sestet, such as ABAB CDCD EFG EFG. The first eight lines of this poem follows an Elizabeth sonnet rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD) and the next six lines follows Petrarchan rhyme scheme (EFG EFG). The Soldier is written as a lyric poetry, which the poet uses to express his emotions and thoughts toward patriotism for England.
On the contrary, McGough poem has a different viewpoint about war from Brooke’s poem. For example:
‘Patriots are a bit nuts in the head
Because they wear red, white and blue- tinted spectacles’
Not only that the poetry form is written as a free verse, but it is written as a free rhyme scheme as well. However, McGough wrote this poem as a parody. He imitates and exaggerated war into