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Rupert Brooke
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"That, in so many words brings back his living remembrance. . . . With him there was a happy shining impression that he might have just come -- that very moment -- from another planet, one well within the solar system, but a little more like Utopia than ours."
- Walter de la Mare On Brooke's description of Quebec as having "the radiance and repose of an immortal."
 
"Ulysses himself at the end of his voyagings was not more quietly accustomed to the shocks of novelty."
- Walter de la Mare On Brooke's return from Antwerp
 
"The handsomest young man in England"
- William Butler Yeats Description of Rupert Brooke
 
"...he was slain by bright Pheobus' shaft . . . it was a real climax of his pose . . . bright Pheobus smote him down. It is all in the saga. O God, O God; it is all too much of a piece: it is like madness."
- D.H. Lawrence On Rupert Brooke's death
 
"A young Apollo, golden-haired,
Stands dreaming on the verge of strife,
Magnificently unprepared
For the long littleness of life."
- Francis Cornford
 
"...he was slain by bright Pheobus' shaft . . . it was a real climax of his pose . . . bright Pheobus smote him down. It is all in the saga. O God, O God; it is all too much of a piece: it is like madness."
- D.H. Lawrence on Brooke's death
 
"So much has been written of his personal beauty that to state one's own first impression of him in that respect needs some audacity, since the first impression was of a type so conventionally handsome and English as to make it inexpressive or expressive only of something that one might be inclined half-humorously to disparage. He was the type of English young manhood at its healthiest and most vigorous. Perhaps at the particular stage he had then reached, following upon the decadent phase of his first Cambridge days, he emphasized this purposely: he was consciously and defiantly pagan."
- Virginia Woolf on Rupert Brooke