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Jonathan Atkin

experiences if I choose to receive them.’83 On the death of Rupert Brooke, Forster had commented that Brooke’s ‘1914’ sonnets had been inspired by his romantic thoughts about war and not by his knowledge of it. If he had been spared to gain this knowledge, argued Forster, he would have expressed his thoughts with much greater ‘grim and grotesque realism’. As he wrote to his friend Malcolm Darling, ‘This war’s like the bible – we’re all going to take out of it what we bring to it’, adding that, ‘I, who never saw much purpose in the Universe, now see less’.84 In 1917 Forster

in A war of individuals