"Aspiration to Glorify and Defend the Native Land": Patriotism of Edward Thomas and Rupert Brooke
Talyzina Elena Viktorovna Samara State Technical University
Abstract. The paper discusses the literary critic Jan Marsh’s opinion that the Georgian poet Rupert Brooke’s patriotic feelings are comparable with patriotic feelings of the British writer and literary critic Edward Thomas who became a poet during the First World War, and in both cases patriotic feelings were closely associated with the native nature. The article tries to answer the question whether Jan Marsh’s hypothesis is acceptable taking into account the fact that majority of literary critics consider Thomas a true patriot, whereas Brooke is labelled as a jingoist. Scientific originality of the study lies in the fact that both the poets are almost unknown in Russia and their creative work has not been previously investigated in this aspect. The conclusion is made that though the poets experienced similar emotions they expressed them in different ways.
Key words and phrases: Эдвард Томас, Руперт Брук, литература Первой мировой войны, георгианская поэзия, тема патриотизма, тема родной природы, Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke, literature of the First World War, Georgian poetry, patriotic theme, theme of native nature.
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