The list of poems written by the English poet Rupert Brooke is quite impressive when it comes to the length. This list could have even be longer, if it wasn’t for his premature death in 1915, when he was 27 years-old.
Brooke is mostly remembered for his poems inspired by the First World War. His death wasn’t really related to combat, because he died of a sepsis from an infected mosquito bite. Many poems, including the famous one The Soldier, were inspired by this war.
When it comes to his writing style, his poems (mostly sonnets) were idealistic. This conflicted with the world around him at that time. The are peppered with the longing for things to get better: peace, love and respect.
Success isn’t easy to describe. Brooke tried to share his vision on success and related it to love. He comes to the conclusion, that there is nothing logically to this thing we call love.
I think if you had loved me when I wanted;
If I’d looked up one day, and seen your eyes,
And found my wild sick blasphemous prayer granted,
And your brown face, that’s full of pity and wise,
Flushed suddenly; the white godhead in new fear
Intolerably so struggling, and so shamed;
Most holy and far, if you’d come all too near,
If earth had seen Earth’s lordliest wild limbs tamed,
Shaken, and trapped, and shivering, for MY touch —
Myself should I have slain? or that foul you?
But this the strange gods, who had given so much,
To have seen and known you, this they might not do.
One last shame’s spared me, one black word’s unspoken;
And I’m alone; and you have not awoken.
— Rupert Brooke
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