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Poems of Rupert Brooke The Nelson Classics

Publisher's Synopsis

Rupert Brooke died on the 23rd of April 1915 in a hospital ship lying off the island of Skyros in the Aegean Sea, and was buried on the island after dark on the same day.  Not long before his death, he had written fragments of Elegy containing the lines 'What he is yet, Not living, lives, hath place in a few minds'.  It might of been an elegy for himself; though when he died, it was not in a 'few minds' that his memory lived within the mind of a nation.  His five sonnets called collectively '1914' had been finished about  November 1914 and were published in December in the fourth issues of 'New Numbers',  is a periodical containing poems by Brooke, Lascelles, Abercrombie, John Drinkwater and Wilford Gibson.  These five 'War Sonnets',  as they came to be known, immediately captured, the fancy of everyone in Great Britain susceptible to the suggestions of poetry, and their author was raised forthwith to the status of Premier 'war poet' of the English-speaking world.  When his death followed so soon after, although it was not 'in action' that he died, he was moaned as a national hero, and Mr Winston Churchill's tribute to his memory in 'The Times' of the 26th of April 1915, expressed the feelings of multitudes.


Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd.; 1954. Reprint. Hardcover with clipped dust cover. Shelf wear to dust cover to top and bottom of spine. Corners rubbed. Spine a little sunned. Edited with an introduction by Geoffrey Keynes. Binding tight and text clean. Pre-owned. No ISBN.

Poems of Rupert Brooke The Nelson Classics

SKU: 0103812
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