The Soldier – Rupert Brooke
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# About Author- Rupert Brooke
“The Soldier” is written by Rupert Brooke. He was born in 3 August, 1887 in Warwickshire, England. He died on 23 April, 1915 in Skyrose, Greece. Rupert Brooke was an English Poet. His father was a housemaster at Rugby School. W.B. Yeats describe him as “The handsomest young man in England”. He is also known as War Poet. He died of Septicaemia (blood poisoning).He wrote many books like Letters from America, The Penguin Book of First World War etc.
# Lyrics of The Soldier
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
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;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
# Summary of The Soldier
“The Soldier” is written by the poet Rupert Brooke. The thoughts of a soldier towards his motherland with his immense desire to sacrifice his life is also reflected in the poem.
The poet admires England and expresses his gratitude to it. The poet is describing about some foreign land, which is the part of England and on which he will be buried after his death. He wants a peaceful country and there would be no war between the two countries. According to him the surroundings of England is just like heaven as he says, “Under an English heaven”.
# Word power of The Soldier
1) If I should die-अगर मई मर जाऊ
2) Think only of me -मेरे बारे में इतना सोचना
3) Foreign -विदेश
4) Forever -हमेशा
5) Dust -धूल
6) Bore -जन्म दिया
7) Shaped -आकार दिया
8) Made aware -जागृत किया
9) Once -एक बार
10) Roam – भटकना
11) Ways -रास्ते
12) Shed away -बहा ले गया
13) Heart – दिल
14) All evil- सभी बुराई
15) Washed by river-नदी के द्वारा धोया गया
16) Somewhere- कही भी
17) Thoughts – सोच
18) Sights –
19) Gentleness- भद्रता
20) Dream – सपना
21) Laughter – हसी
22) Concealed- छुपा हुआ
23) Corner- किनारा
24) Blest- आशीर्वाद दिया
# MCQs of The Soldier
1 . The Soldier‛ is a poem in_____
2. The Soldier‛ is ________
3. Rupert Brooke has composed this poem.
4. The solider‛ is a ______
5. Rupert Brooke is a _______ poet.
6. Rupert Brooke was born in _____
7. Rupert Brooke died in _______
8. W.B. Yeats described him as ‚the handsomest ______ in
9. Rupert Brooke inspired patriotism in early phase of ______
10. The reason of death of Rupert Brooke was _____
11. If I should ____think only of me.
12. Rupert Brooke studied in ________school.
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13. Rupert Brooke was educated in ______college
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14. Rupert Brooke studied at the university of__
15. Rupert Brooke’s father was a ___at Rugby school.
16. A body of England breathes ____ air.
17. ____ inspired patriotism in the early phase of the 1st World War.
18. Rupert Brooke was a ____soldier.
19. The first 8 lines of a sonnet is called ________
20. The last 6 line of a sonnet is called ________
21. The solider is a ____poem in the form of sonnet
22. _____ described Rupert Brooke as “The handsomest man”
24. Rupert Brooke died in ______ sea
25. The line “A pulse in eternal mind, no less” is written by __
26. “If I should die, think only this of me” line from __
27. Rupert Broke is remembered as ____
28. According to ‘The soldier’ England has given her natives. her flower ___
29. “The dust” stands for ___
30. The poet expresses his indebtedness to__
# Question Answer of The Soldier
1. Is the speaker afraid of Death?
Ans- No, the speaker is not afraid of death. he would be given a corner of the foreign field.
2. If at all he dies in the battle, how would he like to be remembered?
Ans- If at all he dies in the battle, he would like to be remembered as an unforgettable soldier
who never feared death. He would be given flowers of love and buried in some corner of land
which is part of England.
3. How can ‘some corner of a foreign field’ be ‘for ever England?
Poet’s grave will be in some corner of a foreign land. In that way, it will be “forever England”
4. ‘In that rich earth a richer dust concealed. ‘What does ‘dust’ stand for?
In this sentence of the poem ‘In that rich earth a richer dust concealead’ for the mortals
remains of the poet, after his death in the war- field. Dust also stands for those persons who
avoid war and wanted to live a peaceful life. They never quarreled for anything.
5. What is meant by the phrase’ A pulse in the eternal mind”?
The phrase ‘ A pulse in the eternal mind” indicates a long- cherished desire. The poet wants to
say that there must be a pulse in the eternal mind that works to avoid war.
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