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(1887-1915 / Warwickshire / England)

Rupert Brooke
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A man of great physical beauty by reputation, Rupert Brooke was born in Rugby, Warwickshire where he attended the local school. He then gained entry into King's College, Cambridge (1905-11) where he became a Fellow in 1912. He travelled extensively and wrote many travel letters for the 'Westminster Gazette', London (1912-13). At the start of the First World War in 1914, he was assigned to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He saw action at Antwerp which inspired the writing of five passionately patriotic sonnets, the last of them being The Soldier. He was at the height of his fame when he died during the war aged twenty-seven. He had been on his way to serve in the Dardanelles when he died ... more »

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  • ''He leaves a white
    Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,
    A width, a shining peace, under the night.''
    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), British poet. 1914 (l. 26-28). . . Poetry Anthology, The, 1912-1977. Daryl Hine and Joseph Parisi, eds. (1978) Houghton...
  • ''But only agony, and that has ending;
    And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.''
    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), British poet. 1914 (l. 13-14). . . Poetry Anthology, The, 1912-1977. Daryl Hine and Joseph Parisi, eds. (1978) Houghton...
  • ''Down the blue night the unending columns press
    In noiseless tumult, break and wave and flow,''
    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), British poet. Clouds (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxfor...
  • ''Mud unto mud!—Death eddies near—
    Not here the appointed End, not here!
    But somewhere, beyond Space and Time,
    Is wetter water, slimier slime!''
    Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), British poet. Heaven (l. 15-18). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford...
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  • Sarah Grace Pierce (7/26/2012 7:25:00 AM)

    Read Ante Aram, it is so beautiful, a blood tired soldier, unclean, read just the last 5 lines...I have remembered them for 40 years or so, in a Holy Space...

  • Lorenzo Rodriguez (4/23/2012 9:46:00 AM)

    Like all poets, this guy is no exception, he writes to deep. People, especially Americans, will not understand what these deep poets write, they must be more shallow in order to convey to people today.;

  • Koena Mokoena (10/21/2011 9:52:00 AM)

    Hey yo!
    i would like to say i was impressed by your poem ' Safety' especially these words;
    War knows no power. Safe shall be my going,
    Secretly armed against all death's endeavour;
    But i understand the following lines.
    Safe though all safety's lost; safe where men fall;
    And if these poor limbs die, safest of all.

    According to my own point of view, i came to planet earth with an aim, objective & vision. Hence, i won't give up until i turn my dream into reality.

    Have a nice day!

    Mr. Koena France Mokoena
    South Africa,
    www.poemhunter.com/kfmproductions

  • Harvey Wachtel (10/19/2011 9:12:00 AM)

    I think it's obvious that Richard Scotte misread Ian Fraser's post, and that he actually agrees with him. He must have taken 'Rupert Brooke's poetry gained an undeserved reputation' out of context. Mr. Fraser didn't assert that Rupert Brooke's reputation for *poetry* is undeserved; he said that his reputation for 'jingoism and a simplistic view of war' was undeserved.

    After reading what's posted of '1914', I agree wholeheartedly. Brooke strikes me as a minor-league Wilfred Owen. If you want jingoism, try John McCrae's well-known 'In Flanders Fields', a poem that has made me want to barf since they force-fed it to me in elementary school. I don't understand how anyone can be 'patriotic' about such a stupid war as WWI.

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