Speaker and setting



The speaker of “Rule, Britannia!” by James Thomson does not have a clear identity. The poem is written in the third person, and the speaker does not play an active role in the poem. Instead, the speaker uses direct address to speak to the personified nation of Britain: “To thee belongs the rural reign; / Thy cities shall with commerce shine” (ll. 25-26). 

Originally, this poem was part of a musical play about Alfred the Great, an Anglo-Saxon English king. The play is set in the year 878 AD. At the end of the play, Alfred wins a battle and encourages his people to continue conquering other nations. In response, the people sing “Rule, Britannia!”, celebrating Britain and looking forward to a future where Britain is a global power. 

The speaker is t...

Texten ovan är bara ett utkast. Endast medlemmar kan se hela innehållet.

Få tillgång till hela webboken.

Som medlem av Studienet.se kan du få tillgång till hela innehållet.

Köp ett medlemskap nu

Redan medlem? Logga in