What are some quotes from The Soldier by Rupert Brooke?

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When the poem begins, its speaker is fairly quickly revealed to be the soldier referenced by the title. The soldier begins, saying,

If I should die, think only this of me:That there's some corner of a foreign fieldThat is for ever England.

This soldier has likely been sent...

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When the poem begins, its speaker is fairly quickly revealed to be the soldier referenced by the title. The soldier begins, saying,

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.

This soldier has likely been sent to the European continent; perhaps he is on his way to the front line of some battlefield in France (or maybe he is already there), and he assures the reader that if he dies far afield and away from home, that spot of land will actually become a piece of England.

The soldier explains his logic a bit when he describes himself as being:

A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

It is as though his mortal body, which he says is composed of English soil, bred with English air, washed by English waters, and warmed by English sunshine, will turn this patch of land in another country into England by a rather mystical process. It seems like the soldier sees himself as a bodily extension of his home, and so in whatever place his body comes to rest, his remains will actually transform the land into English soil, even if it seems like to everyone else like someplace else.

Finally, the soldier says that, when he dies, the only sights and sounds of which he will be aware are those of England. He will die with

[...] dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends, and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

His memory will be full of the happy remembrances of his home, of the friends and good times he knew there, and of the gentleness of peaceful hearts, a peace he once knew—and thus will carry with him forever—of the tranquility and heavenly sky above England.

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