Rupert Brooke

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BROOKE: Rupert

Rupert Brooke
Born: 23 April 1915, Aegean Sea
Died: 3 August 1997, Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom


Brooke’s poetry made its mark before the outbreak of the First World War where it was widely panned as being sentimental, and as it so happens, it was only after his death that positive recognition came his way through endorsements from Winston Churchill, Virginia Woolf and Henry James. Brooke died three weeks after his poem The Soldier was read on at an Easter Sunday service in St Paul’s Cathedral. He succumbed to blood poisoning from an insect bite – very similar to Lord Byron.


“Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.”
“Cities, like cats, will reveal themselves at night.”

POETRY (Better known)

The Soldier: If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England.