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By Rupert Brooke 1887–1915 Rupert Brooke
Hand trembling towards hand; the amazing lights
Of heart and eye. They stood on supreme heights.

Ah, the delirious weeks of honeymoon!
Soon they returned, and, after strange adventures,
Settled at Balham by the end of June.
Their money was in Can. Pacs. B. Debentures,
And in Antofagastas. Still he went
Cityward daily; still she did abide
At home. And both were really quite content
With work and social pleasures. Then they died.
They left three children (besides George, who drank):
The eldest Jane, who married Mr Bell,
William, the head-clerk in the County Bank,
And Henry, a stock-broker, doing well.

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Poet Rupert Brooke 1887–1915

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Subjects Family & Ancestors, Living, Social Commentaries, Marriage & Companionship, Home Life, Relationships, Class, Men & Women

Poetic Terms Sonnet

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Few writers have provoked as much excessive praise and scornful condemnation as English poet Rupert Brooke. Handsome, charming, and talented, Brooke was a national hero even before his death in 1915 at the age of twenty-seven. His poetry, with its unabashed patriotism and graceful lyricism, was revered in a country that was yet to feel the devastating effects of two world wars. Brooke's early death only solidified his image as . . .

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SUBJECT Family & Ancestors, Living, Social Commentaries, Marriage & Companionship, Home Life, Relationships, Class, Men & Women

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Poetic Terms Sonnet

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