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Soldier Rest

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This is an analysis of the poem Soldier, rest by Sir Walter Scott

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Soldier Rest

  1. 1. Soldier, rest Sir Walter Scott By: Tomás Braun, Matías Ripoll, Juan elía, Olvierio Llobet and Francisco Montoya
  2. 2. Author -Born: 15 August 1771 -Died: 21 September 1832(61 years old) -He started writing professionally at the age of 25 years old but before that he wrote for himself. -Occupation: ● Poet ● Historical novelist ● Advocate ● Sheriff-depute ● Clerk of session -Nationality: Scottish -Literary movement: Romanticism -Notable works “The Waverley Novels” “The Lay of the Last Minstrel” “Old Mortality” “Ivanhoe” “Quentin Durward” “The Lady of the Lake” “Rokeby” “Marmion”
  3. 3. Context Walter Scott wrote a story in which this poem is mention, “The lady of the lake”. “Beside Loch Katrine lake a huntsman found himself lost in an unknown place. His prey, a stag, had escaped, so he decided to blow his hunting horn in a desperate scream for help. A beautiful and delicate woman appears, the Lady of the Lake. The lady thought that her father had made the call, but she invites the stranger to come to her home and find some shelter there. Everything was, in fact, prepared for him: a comfortable bed and food. The huntsman is amused, as he was a total stranger to that part of the country. The lady, known as Ellen, tells him that old Allan-bane had foretold his coming and perfectly described him. They rowed to an island and followed a hidden road to a dwelling made from a wide variety of local materials. There was a great sword which falled to the floor from its place. The walls inside the building are covered with trophies of the battle and the hunt. After dinner, to the sounds of an unseen harp, Ellen sings a song which begins with the statement that the soldier's fighting is over.” We can see that she is singing the poem.
  4. 4. Romanticism Some of the main characteristics of Romantic literature include a focus on the writer or narrator’s emotions and inner world; celebration of nature, beauty, and imagination; rejection of industrialization, organized religion, rationalism, death, afterlife and more. Examples: “Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking” “Dreams of battled fields no more” “Every sense in slumber dewing. Soldiers, rest!”
  5. 5. Poem SOLDIER, rest! thy warfare o’er, Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking; Dream of battled fields no more, Days of danger, nights of waking. In our isle’s enchanted hall, Hands unseen thy couch are strewing, Fairy strains of music fall, Every sense in slumber dewing. Soldier, rest! thy warfare o’er, Dream of fighting fields no more; Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking, Morn of toil, nor night of waking. No rude sound shall reach thine ear, Armour’s clang, or war-steed champing, Trump nor pibroch summon here Mustering clan or squadron tramping. Yet the lark’s shrill fife may come At the daybreak from the fallow, And the bittern sound his drum, Booming from the sedgy shallow. Ruder sounds shall none be near, Guards nor warders challenge here, Here’s no war-steed’s neigh and champing, Shouting clans or squadrons stamping. Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done; While our slumbrous spells assail ye, Dream not, with the rising sun, Bugles here shall sound reveillé. Sleep! the deer is in his den; Sleep! thy hounds are by thee lying: Sleep! nor dream in yonder glen How thy gallant steed lay dying. Huntsman, rest! thy chase is done; Think not of the rising sun, For at dawning to assail ye 3 Here no bugles sound reveillé.
  6. 6. ANALYSIS - Message: the main message the author wants to transmit, is for us to see how much soldiers suffered in war, to the extent of death being their desire - Title: The title, “soldier, rest” is repeated multiple times all along the song. The repetition of this phrase is a command to every soldier, who have to accept and follow this order. The commander instructs them to welcome and accept their death, and stop with the torture. They are dying and should act as the commander informs, welcoming death, in order to end with the pain and grief of war and life.
  7. 7. ANALYSIS Important quotations. "Soldier, rest": "Sleep the sleep that know not breaking": "Days of danger, nights of waking": "Morn of toil": "Dream of battlefields no more": "Huntsman, rest": Literary devices: Anaphora: Sleep! the deer is in his den; Sleep! thy hounds are by the lying: Sleep! nor dream in yonder glen Oxymoron: Nights of waking Imagery: “Dream of battled fields no more”: Picture “Armour’s clang, or war-steed champing”: Noise/hearing "Shouting clans or squadrons stamping", "Rude sound" Alliteration: "Sleep the sleep", "Days of danger"
  8. 8. Themes and tones Themes: - Criticism of war - Battle of life and death - Life is less worth leaving for soldiers Tones: - Calm - Reflective
  9. 9. Perception and opinion In our opinion, this poem gives a raw example of what a soldier has to confront, in spite of the fact that this poem doesn't belong to war poetry. The author is just a poet writing about war and death, and manages to do it in a very real and impacting way. Moreover, the song portrays a very impactful scene of a soldier about to die and receiving orders about an eternal sleep (death), which was something soldiers usually wished, to rest from their pain and from warfare.
  10. 10. What does the poem teach? In this poem, Sir Walter Scott interprets a higher rank general giving orders to a soldier, and telling him to rest, due the fact that the war has already ended. Stanza by stanza, we can see him explaining to the soldier how he no longer has to hear the “armour’s clang” or that he can finally have a sleep that knows no breaking. The poem itself can give us a message and make readers understand the traumas soldiers undergo after the war is over. As the soldier is dead, we can see how the author expresses the impact war has on you can’t even let you “Rest In Peace”. Also, it explains how many soldiers want to die to escape the big suffering that war implies.
  11. 11. Connections to real life was the main connection to real life about this poem, is the fact that wars happen, and we, in real life, had to live wars. - In wars there are usually wounded soldiers who end up dying for their country. in the poem you can notice how a war soldier is dying slowly and explains how he feels. this is likely to represent how most of the soldiers felt as they died - Walter scott wrote his poems on the war and how he represents death as a human being, because of the weakening while dying. - Finally, the tone of the author gave this atmosphere him talking to himself and reflecting on life that is a characteristic that occurs just before death.
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