Comparisonbrookes The Soldier And Sassoons Does It Essay
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Brooke’s ‘The Soldier’ shows a patriotic attitude to war. Compare this poem with Sassoon’s ‘Does it
Matter?’ which shows a very different attitude to war.
In this essay we will explore the comparisons between the two war poems ‘The soldier’ by Rupert Brooke and ‘Does it Matter’ by Siegfried Sassoon. There are many differences between the poet’s attitudes towards war which we will examine throughout this essay. The first point we will study will be the content of the poems, then the tone in which they are written in, then the rhyme scheme and finally the context of the poems.
One of the differences between ‘The Soldier’ and ‘Does it Matter’ is the content, they both have very dissimilar contents. For example, ‘The Soldier’ is a very jolly poem; he describes some of the more positive aspects in it and describes war in a very optimistic way. He describes it very optimistically by hinting that the war would be over soon and England would be back to its happy normal self in no time, ‘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;’ On the other hand the poem ‘Does it
Matter’ creates a very diverse image to the one created by
Rupert Brooke in ‘The soldier’, In ‘Does it Matter’
Siegfried Sassoon describes war in a very negative way and describes the negative aspects of it such as, losing your legs or going blind. ‘Does it matter ?—losing your sight?... There's such splendid work for the blind; And people will always be kind.’
Another difference between the two poems is the tone in which they are written in and the overall message created by the poets by using certain tones in their writing. ‘Does it Matter’ has quite a prominent sarcastic tone throughout, an example of