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Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Sonnet Reversed


              1Hand trembling towards hand; the amazing lights
              2Of heart and eye. They stood on supreme heights.

              3Ah, the delirious weeks of honeymoon!
              4Soon they returned, and, after strange adventures,
              5Settled at Balham by the end of June.
              6Their money was in Can. Pacs. B. Debentures,
              7And in Antofagastas. Still he went
              8Cityward daily; still she did abide
              9At home. And both were really quite content
            10With work and social pleasures. Then they died.
            11They left three children (besides George, who drank):
            12The eldest Jane, who married Mr Bell,
            13William, the head-clerk in the County Bank,
            14And Henry, a stock-broker, doing well.

Notes

5] Balham: district in Wandsworth, Greater London.

6] Can. Pacs. B. Debentures: securities or bonds in (possibly) Canada Packers.

7] Antofagastas: Antofagasta is a city in Chile.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke: With a Memoir (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1919): 158. PR 6003 R4 1919 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1919
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 2:2001/11/15

Composition date: 1 January 1911
Composition date note: Composed at Lulworth
Form: sonnet
Rhyme: aa bcbccdcdefef


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