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Oh! Death Will Find Me, Long Before I Tire -- Rupert Brooke

Posting this on Martin's behalf:
(Poem #1047) Oh! Death Will Find Me, Long Before I Tire
 Oh! Death will find me, long before I tire
    Of watching you; and swing me suddenly
 Into the shade and loneliness and mire
    Of the last land! There, waiting patiently,

 One day, I think, I'll feel a cool wind blowing,
    See a slow light across the Stygian tide,
 And hear the Dead about me stir, unknowing,
    And tremble. And I shall know that you have died,

 And watch you, a broad-browed and smiling dream,
    Pass, light as ever, through the lightless host,
 Quietly ponder, start, and sway, and gleam --
    Most individual and bewildering ghost! --

 And turn, and toss your brown delightful head
 Amusedly, among the ancient Dead.
-- Rupert Brooke
Brooke is usually a pleasure to read, and today's playfully romantic poem is
no exception. At first glance, this seems like your average Shakespearean
sonnet - Shakespearean in form, and Shakespearean in its return to the
timeworn themes of love and death. However, the solemnity of the opening
line is quickly and increasingly lightened as the poem progresses -
lightened, too, without ever tipping over the line into frivolity or wit.
For unlike, say, the explicitly humorous 'Sonnet Reversed', this is
definitely a 'serious' poem. It is merely not a *solemn* one - the tone it
chooses to address its subject in is refreshingly different from your
average grinding of Shakespeare's bones for yet another tired loaf of bread.

Despite the poem's apparently morbid theme, the impression the reader is
left with is one of life and laughter - one is reminded, almost, of
Shakespeare's Cleopatra, but without the grandeur - "most individual and
bewildering", as Brooke puts it. The imagery and the word-choices are
handled very well indeed; the narrator's sense of delight in his beloved
sparkles through every verse. The final couplet shifts the focus fully from
the narrator to his subject, providing the reader with a vivid and strongly
visual image that wraps the poem up nicely.

martin.

Links:

  Biography:
    http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Delphi/7086/brookebionote.htm

  Brooke poems on Minstrels:
    Poem #514, "The Chilterns"
    Poem #280, "The Soldier"
    Poem #589, "Sonnet Reversed"
    Poem #847, "On the Death of Smet-Smet, the Hippopotamus-Goddess"
    Poem #972, "The Beginning"

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This is a good poem because it refers to our death, I mean it means that we should be aware because all of us have to die, the poem is a little bit sad but truth.

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Excellent poem, sometimes I feel like that,
because sometimes I want to die alone in my bedroom
because sometimes I feel like an stupid drum
who can't to touch his love
when I'm trying to be so soft.

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