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Rupert Brooke

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Rupert Brooke
Born3 August 1887
Rugby, Warwickshire, England
Died23 April 1915(1915-04-23) (aged 27)
Aegean Sea, off the island of Skyros
Cause of deathSepsis
Resting placeSkyros, Greece
EducationRugby School, King's College, University of Cambridge (fellow)
EmployerSidgwick and Jackson (Publisher)
Known forPoetry

Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915[1]) was an English poet. He is known for his war sonnets written during the First World War. His best known work is "The Soldier". Irish poet W. B. Yeats described him as "the handsomest young man in England".[2][3]


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  1. The date of Brooke's death and burial under the Julian calendar that applied in Greece at the time was 10 April. The Julian calendar was 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.
  2. "Friends and Apostles. The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905–1914". New York Times. 1998. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
  3. Nigel Jones (30 September 1999). Rupert Brooke: Life, Death & Myth (London: Richard Cohen Books, 1999), pp.110, 304. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)