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Rupert Brooke - 'The Soldier' (poem only)
A dramatised reading of Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier'. It is set in England against a backdrop that reflects the upper class of the soldier and the patriotic theme of the poem. He stands outside the country house on the estate as he recites the poem. This emphasises the sense of English heritage and sense of loyalty to it.
This reading shows us the classic view of the stiff-upper lipped English gentleman, facing the war with a sense of certainty and noble heroism. What would the impact on the meaning of the sonnet be if it was set on the battlefield or in a deprived area? A contrasting reading can be seen in clip 6492.
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