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Rupert Brooke (1887-1915), Poet

Sitter in 20 portraits
Cambridge-educated, Brooke was one of the early, idealising poets of the First World War. His poem 'The Soldier' ('If I should die think only this of me') typifies the patriotic nostalgia of the early volunteers. He joined the RNVR and was sent to the Dardanelles, but died of blood poisoning en route and was buried on the Greek Island of Skyros.The most popular poet of the war, for some, Brooke symbolised a pre-war golden age, destroyed by the conflict.