Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) was an English poet who is closely associated with the poetry of the First World War. He was a part of the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists. He died of sepsis during the war in Greece whilst on his way towards what became the Battle of Gallipoli. His poetry is often recited on Remembrance Sunday, especially his poem The Soldier:
If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.