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First edition. Octavo. Publisher’s blue cloth, with printed paper title label to spine. A very good copy, the title label a little browned.

 

The first edition of Brooke’s most celebrated publication, featuring the war sonnets that immortalised his name.

 

His most famous line, from the opening of The Soldier, “If I should die think only this of me, that they’re some corner of a foreign field that is forever England”, ended up imitating life.

 

He contracted a disease en route to Gallipoli in 1915, and died near the island of Skyros, where up on a cliff’s edge, a statue still stands as that “corner of a foreign field.”

 

Reporting his death in The Times, Winston Churchill wrote “His life closed at the moment when it seemed to have reached its springtime.. the poet soldier told with all the simple force of genius the sorrow of youth about to die.”

 

That “simple force of genius” had appeared in some magazines and newspapers before his death, but this book marks the first book publication of his war poems.

1914 And Other Poems

SKU: 149
£350.00Price
  • Author

    Rupert Brooke

  • Publisher

    London: Sidgwick & Jackson

  • Date

    1915

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