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Poetical Works

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The reputation of Rupert Brooke has survived many changes of literary fashion since his death in the Aegean in 1915, aged twenty-eight. This standard edition of his poems was edited and arranged by his great friend Geoffrey Keynes. It includes a considerable number of early pieces, among them two of his longest poems, "The Pyramids" and "The Bastille".
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 28th 1970 by Faber And Faber Ltd. (first published May 7th 1946)
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James
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems almost a misnomer to refer to Rupert Brooke as ‘A Poet of the Great War’ – as he is somewhat erroneously and almost disingenuously described. Whilst Brooke fought in the war and tragically died from his wounds / septicaemia in 1915, judging by this collection (which I understand to be more or less comprehensive) he had very little literary output during the all too short period from the outbreak of the Great War until his untimely death. The key war related piece, the one oft quoted and ...more
Lysergius
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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, 5
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 10
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her s
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Helene Harrison
Review - I read this when I was in high school as part of a module on War Literature, but what really brought it home to me was a trip to northern France and Belgium on a tour of war sites i.e. Menin Gate, Thiepval, etc. There is no better way to get a sense of the barbarity, loss and incredible strength in the First World War than by reading these poems in one of the places where men sacrificed themselves or are buried underfoot.

General Subject/s? - World War One / Poetry / War Poetry / Literat
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Samantha
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: british, poetry
my paternal grandmother sent me this book, which was my introduction to rupert brooke. I memorized the hill for 10th grade english class (it was supposed to be a 15 line or more poem and the hill is a sonnet but I think I fudged a line break when I handwrote it so it would qualify). that's my favorite poem of brooke's. (I'm kind of surprised I didn't just recite jabberwocky, which I memorized as my audition for the 6th grade play). brooke is one of those british poets who died ridiculously young ...more
Ned Gill
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, faves
The lyrical magic of Brooke can not be faulted, with The Hill being my favourite in the collection. Therefore, it saddens me that not more have heard of this poet and his wonderful work. I shall now be on the outlook for others of Brooke's work.
Anyway on to the review, this edition is especially useful in allowing the reader to travel back through Brooke's poetic journey and his honing of the craft. His later subtle and lyrical work is arguably better than his earlier at times clumsy work but a
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Kevin
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book for at least ten years before I read it. I picked it up at a used-book store when I was sweeping the place for poetry books. I'm sorry I waited so long. Brooke is the best new (to me) poet I've come across in a long time. I've always known I'd come to the Georgian poets eventually, that true stock of poetry from the good old tradition, the thread that was sadly cut off by the Great War in Europe and the realms of poesy. Modernism ruined the matter and meter of poetry, killed its ...more
Ian
Feb 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, fiction
Enjoyable quick read. Some memorable material I will definitely revisit.

I was surprised at how few poems were from the war years. Not sure I would have read it if I had known this.

Best known for his poem The Soldier.


Shawn Thrasher
Oct 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Such a baby in his poems. He writes about love, or love lost, in a kind of "know it all" way. He writes much about death - did he foresee his own death at a young age?
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Rupert Chawner Brooke (middle name sometimes given as Chaucer) (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially The Soldier. He was also known for his boyish good looks, which it is alleged prompted the Irish poet William Butler Yeats to describe him as "the handsomest young man in England."

Brooke was born at 5
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