Tag Archive: Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

Rupert Chawner Brooke was born at Rugby on 3rd August 1887, the middle of the three sons of William and Mary Brooke. William Brooke was a Classics master at Rugby, where Rupert and this brothers Richard and William grew up under the watchful eye of their domineering mother. Brooke was educated at Hillbrow Preparatory School, […]

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Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfred Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson was born on 2nd October 1878 at Hexham in Northumberland, one of the nine children of John Pattison Gibson and his wife Elizabeth Judith (née Walton). Wilfrid Gibson’s father was a pharmacist by profession, but was also a part-time writer and historian and while his upbringing was by no means affluent, it […]

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

Born on 8th September 1886, Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was the second of three sons of Alfred and Theresa Sassoon. His parents separated when he was four years old, leaving his mother to raise her three sons alone. Nonetheless, Sassoon spent a happy and secure childhood and was educated at Marlborough before going on to Clare […]

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Literary Connections No.5: Edward Thomas

Literary Connections No.5

Literary Connections No.5, shows the links between Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney, Edmund Blunden, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke.

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The Red Sweet Wine of Youth – The Brave and Brief Lives of the War Poets

The Red Sweet Wine of Youth by Nicholas Murray cover

A group portrait of the poets of the First World War by Nicholas Murray Published by: Little, Brown Cover Price: £25.00 All references given below refer to the hardback edition. Before reviewing this book, I thought I would read the opinions of others and, upon doing so, discovered it had been almost universally praised as […]

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Brooke & Grenfell – Joined in the bright company of Heaven

Taplow Court Tableaux

These two young men both died in the first half of 1915, at the age of 27; both had written poems which are now widely studied; both came from fairly privileged backgrounds. However, today almost everyone has heard of Rupert Brooke, while Julian Grenfell’s name is relatively unfamiliar to most, unless they are actually studying […]

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The Dardanelles

Royal Naval Division going over the top

While a great deal of the action during the First World War took place on the Western Front, there were many among the Allies who sought to divert attention to somewhere else and it was generally agreed that the best place for this was to launch an offensive in the Dardanelles, against the Turks. This […]

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Literary Connections No.1: Siegfried Sassoon

Literary Connections No.1 poster

Literary Connections No.1, shows the links between Siegfried Sassoon, Katharine Asquith, Helen Violet Asquith, Rupert Brooke and Edward Marsh.

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