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Rendezvous was Epic Games' second trailer for Gears of War 2. It was based on Alan Seeger's poem which was written during the first World War. A shortened form of Seeger's poem I Have a Rendezvous with Death was featured in a trailer for the video game Gears of War 2 that debuted during E3 2008.[1]

Alan SeegerEdit

Born in New York, Seeger moved with his family to Staten Island at the age of one and remained there until the age of ten. In 1900, his family moved to Mexico for two years, which influenced the imagery of some of his poetry. His brother Charles Seeger, a noted musicologist, was the father of the American folk singer, Pete Seeger.

Seeger entered Harvard in 1906 after attending several elite preparatory schools, including Hackley School. At Harvard, he edited and wrote for the Harvard Monthly. After graduating in 1910, he moved to Greenwich Village for two years, where he wrote poetry and enjoyed the life of a young bohemian.

During that time, he attended soirées at the Mlles. Petitpas' boardinghouse (319 West 29th Street), where the presiding genius was the artist and sage John Butler Yeats, father of the poet.[2]

Having moved to the Latin Quarter of Paris to continue his seemingly itinerant intellectual lifestyle, on August 24, 1914, Seeger joined the French Foreign Legion so that he could fight for the Allies in World War I (the United States did not enter the war until 1917). He was killed in action at Belloy-en-Santerre, famously cheering on his fellow soldiers in a successful charge after being hit several times himself by machine gun fire. One of his more famous poems, I Have a Rendezvous with Death, was published posthumously. Indeed, a recurrent theme in both his poetic works and his personal writings prior to falling in battle was his desire for his life to end gloriously at an early age.

I have a Rendezvous With DeathEdit

Gears of War 2 - "Rendezvous" (Game Trailer)01:02

Gears of War 2 - "Rendezvous" (Game Trailer)

DialogueEdit

I have a rendezvous with death at some disputed barricade. It may be he should take my hand, and lead me into his dark land, and close my eyes and quench my breath. I have a rendezvous with death, and I to my pledged word am true, I shall not fail that rendezvous...

Full PoemEdit

I have a rendezvous with Death

At some disputed barricade,

When Spring comes back with rustling shade

And apple-blossoms fill the air,

I have a rendezvous with Death

When Spring brings back blue days and fair.


It may be he shall take my hand

And lead me into his dark land

And close my eyes and quench my breath

It may be I shall pass him still.

I have a rendezvous with Death

On some scarred slope of battered hill,

When Spring comes round again this year

And the first meadow-flowers appear.


God knows 'twere better to be deep

Pillowed in silk and scented down,

Where Love throbs out in blissful sleep,

Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,

Where hushed awakenings are dear...

But I've a rendezvous with Death

At midnight in some flaming town,

When Spring trips north again this year,

And I to my pledged word am true,

I shall not fail that rendezvous.


I have a Rendezvous with Death[3]

referencesEdit

  1. Gears of War 2 "Rendezvous" Trailer
  2. James C. Young, "Yeats of Petitpas'," New York Times, 19 February 1922
  3. http://www.poetry-online.org/seeger_rendezvous_with_death.htm

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