Alan Seeger was an American poet who wrote "I Have a Rendezvous with Death" while serving as a soldier in the French military during World War I. Published posthumously in 1917, the poem features a soldier who is certain that death is near. Though the speaker implies that it would be preferable to try to avoid this fate, the poem makes it clear that this is simply not an option because of the speaker's soldierly sense of duty. The piece serves as a document of a young soldier's attempt to accept mortality. Seeger himself died in the Battle of the Somme shortly after composing this poem.