Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen

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Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen

Since the threat of war in some part of the world everyday and because of the colossal impact that it has had on our lives, it doesn't seem surprising that it is a popular theme of poetry. Sonnets are an extremely passionate form of poetry, used to show how the poet feels in their heart; both Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen create this passion in excellent, but very different ways. "Anthem for Doomed
Youth" by Wilfred Owen is a Shakespearean sonnet reflecting on the callous life at war. Owen wrote this poem during his four months at
Craiglockhart, a war hospital, whilst recovering from trench fever.
Faced with many fatally injured men, this must have inspired him to write a great deal. Unlike
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Made up of an octave and a sestet, the first stanza follows the
Shakespearean sonnet form, whereas the second follows the Petrarchan sonnet pattern. Together the two stanzas invite the reader to visualize the prominence of the deceased soldier. Combining England's traditions, legacy and his patriotism, Brooke talks of the place where he will spend his after life which is a cross between England and heaven. There is not as much of a connection between the poet and reader in Brooke's sonnet as he is addressing you "If I should die, think only this of me". I prefer the way in which Owen gets the reader interested by getting them to question their thoughts.

In parts of the poem I feel that Brooke is just an arrogant man;

"That there's some corner of a foreign field

That is forever England. There shall be

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;"

With this, Brooke makes it apparent that he believes that wherever he is buried will become purer as his English body shall turn to dust and become a part of it. I find this overly intense and I am almost disgusted, as I find it hard to believe that someone could feel so superior by merely being English. Although Owen's poem is also very intense I find it easier to understand his thought process and can read it in agreement. Whilst saying this, in Brooke's case, it may just be ignorance and he could quite easily be excused due to the fact
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