The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke

The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke

The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke

The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Brooke published his first volume of poetry in 1911, a slender book containing fifty poems written during the seven years 1905-1911. Poems from his pen were published in various periodicals during the next three years, but no second volume appeared during his life-time. The five famous War Sonnets were written in the last months of 1914 and were finished at Rugby while he was at home on leave from military service. They were published in December 1914, in the fourth and last part of New Numbers with poems by Lascelles Abercrombie,Wilfrid Gibson andJohn Drinkwater . On April 23, 1915, Brooke died of septicæmia in a French hospital ship in the Ægean, and was buried the same day on the island of Scyros, where a monument has since been built over his grave.

Brooke died in his twenty-eighth year, and so had but little chance to consolidate his growing reputation as a poet; but soon after his death his friend and biographer, Sir Edward Marsh, collected and published a second volume of thirty-two poems covering the years 1911-1914. This began with the War Sonnets and ended with his almost equally well-known poem 'Grantchester', a nostalgic fantasy written around the theme of his Cambridgeshire home while he was travelling in Germany. This second volume appeared in May 1915, and three years later, in 1918, the two . . .

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