The Great Lover by Rupert Brooke: Summary and Analysis

This great paean of love is one of the most popular poems of Rupert Brooke. It celebrates that love which was the burden of his song.

Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

It also presents a long list of the things of this world that he loved all his life. This list bears ample testimony to the unconventionality of his outlook and the diversity of his interests; variety to him was the spice of life. It is also an eloquent expression of his Keatsian love of the physical world and his unsaturated interest in all that life has to offer. Though there is a fleeting reflection towards the end of the poem on the mutability of things and the brevity of life, the dominant note is one of sheer ecstasy. For like Wordsworth, Rupert Brooke believed that “all that we behold is full of blessings.”

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Shrestha, Roma. "The Great Lover by Rupert Brooke: Summary and Analysis." BachelorandMaster, 18 Nov. 2013,

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