Rupert Brooke (1887-1915 / Warwickshire / England)
Biography of Rupert Brooke
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 of blood poisoning at Scyros and was buried there.
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- 1914 I: Peace
- 1914 II: Safety
- 1914 III: The Dead
- 1914 IV: The Dead
- 1914 V: The Soldier
- A Channel Passage
- A Letter to a Live Poet
- A Memory (From A Sonnet- Sequence)
- And love has changed to kindliness
- Ante Aram
- Beauty and Beauty
- Beginning, The
- Blue Evening
- Busy Heart, The
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Out of the nothingness of sleep,
The slow dreams of Eternity,
There was a thunder on the deep:
I came, because you called to me.
I broke the Night's primeval bars,
I dared the old abysmal curse,
And flashed through ranks of frightened stars
Suddenly on the universe!