Rupert Chawner Brooke born 3 August 1887 in Rugby, Warwickshire, where his father taught classics.He was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War ; however, he never experienced combat at first hand. He was also known for his boyish good looks, « the handsomest young man in England ». In his childhood Brooke immersed himself in English poetry and twice won the school poetry prize. In 1906 he went to King’s college, Cambridge.
Where he became a member of the Cambridge Apostles, helped found the Marlowe Society drama club and acted in plays including the Cambridge Greek Play. Brooke made friends among the Bloomsbury group of writers, some of whom admired his talent, while others were more impressed by his good looks.
He died in 23 April 1915.He is buried in Fosse 7 Military Cemetery (Quality Street), Mazingarbe, Pas De Calais, France. He had only joined the battalion on 25 May.

 

« The soldier »

A famous poem written by Rupert Brooke in 1914.

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Speech:

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;
Adust whom England bore,shaped,made aware,
Gave,once,her flowers to love;her ways to roam,
Abody of England’s,brething 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.

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