Compare & Contrast 'the Soldier' By Rupert Brooke

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Compare & Contrast 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke with 'Disabled' by Wilfred Owen The Soldier (Rupert Brooke): Written in 1914 at the beginning of the 1st World War. Rupert Brooke had an outstanding education and travelled a lot around the world. He was very passionate about his country and had a lot of ambition. Unfortunately he died of septicemia from a mosquito bite on a ship, he was then buried on the Greek Island. His poem 'the soldier' was a very positive and optimistic poem about the war and his country, England. I think he wanted the English people to feel very ambitious about their country, and therefore they would be more willing to fight for it, it gave them hope. He calls his country 'her' therefore it's written in the 3rd person singular. Disabled (Wilfred Owen): Written in 1917. Wilfred Owen had a good education as well, but (unlike Rupert Brooke) he went to war, and saw what it was it was really like, the bad conditions, the lack of food and meaningless deaths, Wilfred Owen realised that the war was cold and cruel, not like people imagined it. This poem is very negative, and quite sad, unlike ' The Soldier' it expresses the tormented thoughts and recollections of a teenage soldier in the 1st World War, who has lost his limbs in battle and is now confined, utterly helpless, to a wheelchair. I think Wilfred wanted people to realise that the war was not as glorious and victorious as people thought, there were so many men whose lives were thrown away even if they did physically survive it.. Unfortunately Wilfred Owen died on the 4th of November 1918, before the end of the war. To conclude, these two poems are different in many ways (attitude, mood, tone, ect..) One was to encourage the people to fight for their country and go to war, one was to make people see that the war destroyed many men's lives, it had no mercy. But they both had a lot of
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