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Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), Poet
Sitter in 20 portraits
Cambridge-educated, Brooke joined the Royal Navy at the outbreak of war. Publication of five patriotic war sonnets coincided with his death from septicaemia while on his way to join the campaign at Gallipoli. The most popular poet of the war, for some, Brooke symbolised a pre-war golden age, destroyed by the conflict. From Soldier by Rupert Brooke, 1914 If I should die, think only this of me: That there's some corner of a foreign field That is for ever 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 suns of home.