Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Mini History Blogs: Rupert Brooke
If I should die, think only this of me, That there's some corner of a foreign field, That is forever England.
This wonderful line, certainly brings a lump to your throat and a tear to your eye! It is the first line of Rupert Brooke's poem The Soldier, Brooke was born today in 1887.
He is best known as one of the First World War Poets, a title he shared along with Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Brooke was friendly with members of the the Bloomsbury group, he was also a member of the literary group known as the Georgian Poets.
W B Yeats, another man with a talent for words described him as
"the handsomest young man in England"
Here is there rest of Brooks emotive poem.
IF I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is forever 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 the 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.