The Soldier: Rupert Brooke

This poem by Brooke is undoubtedly the most famous and well known example of war poetry.  Beautiful and full of emotion it evokes all the feelings that must have gone through the soldiers mind and also his loved ones back home.

The Soldier – Poem by Rupert Brooke.

 

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.

 

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;

And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

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