Below is one of my favourite poems, by Rupert Brooke,who died young in WW1 after leading a fascinating life http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rupert_Brooke
I love this poem so much I have a line (in bold) from it tattooed to remind me
that in my own belief at least, that this life is the only Paradise I will
need and it terrifies me as much as it gives me courage . What are your favourite poems and why ? The Hill by Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)
Breathless, we flung us on the windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
You said, "Through glory and ecstasy we pass;
Wind, sun, and earth remain, the birds sing still,
When we are old, are old. . . ." "And when we die
All's over that is ours; and life burns on
Through other lovers, other lips," said I, ---"Heart of my heart, our heaven is now, is won!"
"We are Earth's best, that learnt her lesson here.
Life is our cry. We have kept the faith!" we said;
"We shall go down with reluctant tread
Rose-crowned into the darkness!" . . . Proud we were,
And laughed, that had such brave true things to say.
---And then you suddenly cried, and turned away.