Saturday, June 10, 2017

I Love Rupert Brooke


Rupert Brooke - 1887 - 1915


I subscribe to a poetry site. A poem-a-day is sent to my inbox. Truthfully I read some of them, many I don't. During the weekdays I'm sent poems by contemporary poets. Weekends I get classic poems written by dead poets.

For some reason I was immediately drawn to the title, which lead me to read this poem today called Beauty and Beauty. It was written in 1914 by the English poet Rupert Brooke who was born in 1887 and died tragically at the young age of 27 in 1915. I'd never heard of him until today.
Well I've now fallen completely in love with Rupert Brooke, but I'm prone to falling for dead artists. What can I say, I have issues around men who are emotionally unavailable to me.

 Here's Rupert Brooke's poem Beauty and Beauty. I shared it with two beautiful individuals that are celebrating their 60th wedding Anniversary today.


When Beauty and Beauty meet
   All naked, fair to fair,
The earth is crying-sweet,
   And scattering-bright the air,
Eddying, dizzying, closing round,
   With soft and drunken laughter;
Veiling all that may befall
   After—after—
Where Beauty and Beauty met,
   Earth’s still a-tremble there,
And winds are scented yet,
   And memory-soft the air,
Bosoming, folding glints of light,
   And shreds of shadowy laughter;
Not the tears that fill the years
   After—after—
Rupert Brooke


2 comments:

thesycamoretree said...

What a lovely poem to give to a couple celebrating such a milestone anniversary! What website do you subscribe to for the poem a day? I get one a day during the school year (Poetry 180), but I've found they often use the same ones every year.

Catherine Meyers said...

That's what I thought too Bev! It was perfect synchronicity to arrive on that very day! They are my neighbours and have been more like an older brother and sister to me. I love them both very much. I subscribe to the poet.org through The Academy of American Poets. It`s a wonderful site lots of artists, actors etc., involved promoting poetry.