The Old Vicarage, Grantchester by Rupert Brooke

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What's Brooke's attitude towards the war in "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester"? What's the theme of this poem?

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"The Old Vicarage, Grantchester" by Rupert Brooke plays with the genre of the traditional pastoral, adding some elements of humor, while still conveying a traveler's longing for the peaceful environment of his home. There is no obvious war theme in the poem, as it was actually written before the outbreak of World War I. It does display attitudes of anti-Semitism, misogyny, and xenophobia, as well as class prejudice, all components of Brooke's sense of patriotism.

Grantchester is a small village outside the great university town of Cambridge. It is approximately a one to two...

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