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1914 and Other Poems

Rupert Brooke

Book Overview: 

This is a volume of poems by Rupert Brooke, named after the famous poems "1914", written during and about World War I. Brooke himself died while taking part in a naval expedition to the Dardanelles, and was buried in Greece. The poems he wrote during the war were published posthumously and are the poems for which he is best-known today. This volume also contains poems written during a journey around the Pacific, and a number of miscellaneous poems.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Frost, with a gesture, stays the waves that dance
And wandering loveliness. He leaves a white
Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,
A width, a shining peace, under the night.

[Pg 15]

V. 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. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

[Pg 16]

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Community Reviews

Who could improve on Rupert Brooke? ...oh! and yet

Stands the church clock at ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?

Brooke was one of the War Poets and one of many many men who lost their lives in the Great War. His poems are powerful and evocative and make one wonder how far his career would have gone if he hadn't died so young.

Mostly awful Georgian tosh, with weird departures for Hawaii and Tahiti that give new weight to the concept 'overwritten'. But the dead soldier sonnets are fine, and the paean for Grantchester is quite funny (intentionally) and there's a good poem about a fishes idea of heaven which I didn't know.

Not my favorite of the WWI poets. *Shrug*

Quite a mix of sentimental poetry, travel poetry, and war poetry. I could savor the lines and the images which his poetry evokes. I found reading this poetry is best done one poem at a time with time in between to get the rhythm, meter, and rhyme out of your head from the last poem before getting in

I've never really liked Rupert Brooke, though mostly in the past it was because of his war poems and he seems too proudly English for my tastes. I decided to give him another read, and found that actually aside from his war poems he was pretty competent as a poet. He's still not exactly a favourite

This copy was found in November 2016 in Barter's Books, Northumberland. 70 years ago it had been given as a gift with the inscription:

To Joan
With all love
Robbie
Nov. 1946

Whilst wearing my poppy bracelet on my wrist, this book fell open to page 15 to this oh so familiar of poems:

V. THE SOLDIER

If I s

I want to think about both my rating & review on this one!

It's ANZAC Day tomorrow & my husband & I used to read poetry by Brooke, Wilfred Owen & Siegfried Sassoon on this day - don't know why we stopped. & maybe I should have gone for a collection of WW1 poems because it's hard to believe the beauti

Enjoyed reading ... Wish I'd given myself more time to savour his work ...more

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