Essay on Rupert Brooke

The old lie

‘The old lie’ was the traditional view of war, which is honourable, glorious and heroic to fight and die for your country. During the time when Tennyson wrote his poem, ‘The charge of the light brigade’ (1854), everyone felt that dying for your country in action was honourable. But this view of war slowly changed […]

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Peace by Rupert Brooke, and The Volunteer by Herbert Asquith

The First World War provides one of the seminal moments of the twentieth-century in which literate soldiers, plunged into inhuman conditions, reacted to their surroundings in poems. There were a number of famous poets who wrote war poetry, and a number of different reactions to war. Some poets approved of war, or found it honourable, […]

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Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke’s The Rich Dead

It seems that war in society is inevitable – for long as it has been historically documented, war has always been present. Although the tactics by which wars have been fought and won have developed throughout the ages, the outcome has always remained the same – with the untimely deaths of many men. It is […]

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The ways the writers present attitudes to the war

War poetry prior to 1914 captured the excitement of war due to the success of the British army in conquering and expanding its empire. Poetry previous to 1900 therefore, focused on the victory of fighting, such as Newbolt’s Vitai Lampada. At the start of the First World War there was a surge of recruitment poems […]

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