Historical background, pp. 759-763.
Rupert Brooke, “The Soldier”, p. 765.
Rupert Brooke’s poetic voice is one of those that sounded clearly and optimistically at the beginning of the war; he was a poet of considerable powers, but very different in tone from the two that follow. It is worth reading some of his other poems to get a better sense of his work, and to put the others’ into context. Here are his Collected Poems; you might particularly want to read the one entitled “Peace” from the sequence "1914" (which also contains “The Soldier”).
- “Base Details”, p. 767.
- “Suicide in the Trenches”, p. 767.
- “Does it Matter?”, p. 767.
- “Dulce et Decorum Est”, p. 770.
- “Arms and the Boy”, p. 770.
- “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, p. 771.
- “Disabled”p. 772-773.
This page at the Gutenberg Project has a complete collection of Wilfred Owen’s poetry. Highly recommended if you can handle any more of it — but it is pretty intense.
Vera Brittain, from Testament of Youth, p. 776-789.
Please take the background quiz for Unit VIII.
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