|The Soldier by Rupert Brooke|
If I should die, think only this of me:
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
Rupert Brooke, 1914About the Poem
A writer and poet, Rupert Brooke saw combat in World War One during the fight for Antwerp in 1914. Soon after he wrote a short set of war poems, including one called The Soldier. Soon after he was sent to the Dardanelles, where he refused an offer to be moved away from the front lines - an offer sent because his poetry was so well loved and good for recruiting - but he died of blood poisoning on April 23rd 1915. The Soldier is still in heavy use today, despite complaints that it idealizes and romanticizes war, and perhaps because of this. More on Brooke.
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