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"There's Some Corner Of A Foreign Field That Is Forever England"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: "The Soldier" was included among a collection of poems expressing the poet's sentiments concerning the war. It is a solemn, tranquil poem, an expression of the poet's personal consolation in a world darkened by the threat of violent, sudden death. It proclaims a kind of inner peace, even at the prospects of violent death, based on idealistic, patriotic sentiments. Having been born and reared an Englishman, the poet thinks of himself as a part of England. Therefore, if he should be buried in a foreign field, his dust in a sense would be a part of England, "a dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware, . . . a body of England's." His consolation, then, is his identity with England. If he should die, he wishes only to be thought of as an eternal part of his native land:

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. . . .