In the earlier stages, the war culture is predicated on patriotism and the glory of dying in the battle. British poets Rupert Brooke and Rudyard Kipling employed their unique voice in their poetry as an instrument of war propaganda to manipulate the society. The poem “The Soldier” (1914) by Brooke carries the idea of how divine it is to fight for the motherland or how people will be rewarded after they die in the war. Similarly, Rudyard Kipling calls soldiers to fight, focuses on the destructiveness of the enemy and create the sense of that England need to protect itself from this devastating enemy in his poem “For All We Have and Are”(1914). This study aims to analyse how both poets employ war propaganda in disguise of fighting for the nation, while they hide the dark consequences of the war in the background of their poetry.
The Great War, Poetry, Propaganda, Rupert Brooke, Rudyard Kipling