Rupert Chawner Brooke (3 August 1887 – 23 April 1915) was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet W. B. Yeats to describe him as "the handsomest young man in England".

"The Soldier" is the fifth in a series of poems entitled "1914". It was published in 1915 in the book "1914 and Other Poems". It is often contrasted with Wilfred Owen's 1917 antiwar poem "Dulce et Decorum est". The manuscript is located at King's College, Cambridge.

Brooke himself, predominantly a pre-war poet, died the year before "The Soldier" was published. "The Soldier", being the conclusion and the finale to Brooke’s 1914 war sonnet series, deals with the death and accomplishments of a soldier. This soldier declares his patriotism to his homeland by declaring that his sacrifice will be the eternal ownership of England of the small portion of land where his body is buried.

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