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Rupert Brooke's signature


Poems often appear in various states before the final version which we normally consider 'the poem'. On the previous page, we saw the first draft of Rupert Brooke's 'The Sentimental Exile', which later became 'The Old Vicarage, Grantchester'. When Rupert Brooke was alive, it was common for extracts, or 'fragments', of poems to be published in magazines before they were published in poetry books. Similarly, novels would be serialised and printed a chapter at a time in magazines.

Rupert Brooke produced a neat copy, referred to as a 'fair copy', of his poem for the editors of a King's College student magazine called 'The Basileon'. This fair copy includes the title 'Fragments from a Poem to be Entitled “The Sentimental Exile”' and is held at the Fitzwilliam Museum, in Cambridge. It can be seen below.

The fragments were published in Basileon in June 1912.

Transcript of 'Fragments from a Poem to be Entitled “The Sentimental Exile”'. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. MS/1/1917.

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