Sonnet Reversed

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke: With a Memoir (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1919): 158. PR 6003 R4 1919 Robarts Library.
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,
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.


5] Balham: district in Wandsworth, Greater London. Back to Line
6] Can. Pacs. B. Debentures: Canadian Pacific Railway Debentures (with thanks to Michael Watson). Back to Line
7] Antofagastas: Antofagasta is a city in Chile. Brooke's plural likely refers to stocks in the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Company (with thanks to Michael Watson). Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.