Rupert Brooke biographyEnglish poet, Rupert Brooke was born in 1887 in Rugby, England as the son of Rugby School’s headmaster. Early on he developed a passion for poetry, winning his first poetry competition at the age of nine. As a young boy he attended the school at which his father worked at the age of fourteen. A year later, he attended King’s College in Cambridge where he had the reputation of being a handsome and good looking young man. Throughout his three years at Cambridge he began to make his mark as a poet while developing an interest in theater, and became the president of the Fabian Society. He then travelled to continue his studies in Germany and explored Italy. His move to Granchester, Cambridge inspired his first published poem “The Vicarage, Granchester”. In 1911, he published his first collection of poems. He was quite popular and became good acquaintances with Winston Churchill. Brooke received a fellowship at King’s College in recognition for his poetry. From 1908-1912 he went through three relationships (An english actor, Cathleen Nesbitt; Noel Olivier, the daughter of the governor of Jamaica; and Ka Cox, his predecessor as the president of the Fabian Society) which all failed. Due to the rejection from the three women, Brooke had a breakdown from sexual confusion and spent time in rehabilitation where he was not permitted to write poetry. After he was released, he continued to write poetry. During this time (1912) he wrote insignificant and shallow poetry about love and friendship, however his poems held a mirror up to the ambiance of the English society before World War 1. He travelled to the Americas and sailed the south Pacific and returned home just before the beginning of the war. As war broke out, he, like numerous other Englishmen, offered his service to the military and was sent to Belgium. It was during this period that he began to write war poetry. Brooke gathered inspiration from the tragedy that surrounded him and wrote a collection of  five war sonnets representing British ideals called “Nineteen Fourteen”, his most famous poem being “The Soldier”. As his poetry matured he gained more respect for his work. In 1915 he was ordered to sail to the Dardanelles for a campaign however did not make it and died from blood poisoning on the journey of the straight from Europe to Turkey. On April 23, Rupert Brooke was buried in an olive grove in Skyros, Greece at the age of twenty seven. All of England mourned after his death including Churchill. His poetry remains popular to this day however, Some critics still believe that though his poetry was significant, it was depthless.The Soldier

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