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The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Chawner/Chaucer Brooke (1887-1915), was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War especially The ... Show synopsis

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timeless English idyll

by MTWDRW on Jun 11, 2009

Rupert Brooke, taken young in WW1 by a mosquito bite gone septic, buried in Greece, captivates none the less nearly a century later. A bit of biographical background, particularly his letters to Noel Olivier and hers in return, plus his Letters From America (which expands to RL Stevenson's South Pacific), will make more sense of the mood and man behind the verse. Verse that is much more than "war" poetry. A celebration of life and nature, swimming in the moonlight, living in a garden south of Cambridge, which to this day serves tea and has a small memorial of a museum to Brooke and the Grantchester Group, of which he was the heart and soul. A book for all Anglophiles and those to whom quality of life is about living joyfully, preferably in a garden... Two of the poems are a trout's eye view of the world: lovely, brings a smile to consider the universe from the trout stream and swimming spot beloved of Byron and Brooke.

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