Rupert Brooke

(1887-1915 / Warwickshire / England)

A Channel Passage


The damned ship lurched and slithered. Quiet and quick
My cold gorge rose; the long sea rolled; I knew
I must think hard of something, or be sick;
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  • Stephen W (5/6/2014 8:53:00 PM)

    Rings true. So much of his work is vain or sentimental, but this one is the real deal, I feel. (Report) Reply

  • Michael Harmon (6/26/2009 12:18:00 PM)

    So good at expressing the feelings, this sonnet could almost make the reader nauseated, as well. We lost at least two great poets (that I know of) in WW1, Wilfred Owen and this one. Along with all the other lives lost, such an incalculable waste... (Report) Reply

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