Rupert Brooke Poems

Rupert Brooke was an English poet known for his sonnets written during the First World War. He died in 1915 of sepsis at the age of 27. He is best known for the poem, ‘The Solider.’ 

The Soldier

by Rupert Brooke

‘The Soldier’ is a poem by famed war poet Rupert Brooke. It celebrates the sacrifices of soldiers during World War I.

Rupert Brooke was a prominent English poet in the early 20th century who is best-remembered for his WWI poem, 'The Solider.' His poetry often dealt with themes of love, mortality, and nostalgia for an idealized past. Brooke's work reflects the anxieties and uncertainties of the time period, including the looming threat of World War I. In this poem, he shows off his skill with personal narratives.

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;

The Old Vicarage, Grantchester

by Rupert Brooke

‘The Old Vicarage, Grantchester’ is a light poem about a homesick traveler sentimentally remembering his former home in the English town of Grantchester. The poem takes a gently satirical tone to its subject matter.

This is one of Rupert Brooke's better poems. But he is still far more remembered for his later poems written after the beginning of World War I. Thus 'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester' is not one of the absolute most important of Rupert Brooke's works. Nor is Rupert Brooke known as one of the great poets, but rather a minor poet of some importance and renown. Still, the poem is enjoyable to read and quite amusing. Within the specific bounds of poems by Rupert Brooke, it is definitely important and worth reading.

Just now the lilac is in bloom,

All before my little room;

And in my flower-beds, I think,

Smile the carnation and the pink;