BROOKE, Rupert. Five Sonnets. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Limited, 1915.
12mo. Printed paper wrappers; pp. [viii]; minimal marking to wrapper; internally bright and clean, near fine.
First edition. These sonnets were written in the early days of World War I, when there was still a prevailing sense of enthusiasm and idealism about the conflict. Rupert Brooke's poetry was well-received during this period, as it resonated with the patriotic fervor of the time. ~b~"1914" Five Sonnets~i~ contributed to Brooke's reputation as a war poet and became part of the literary response to the war. With the progression of the War, tthe harsh realities of trench warfare became evident, the tone of war poetry shifted, and later works took on a more somber and disillusioned quality. Rupert Brooke himself did not witness the later stages of the war, as he died in 1915 from an illness before experiencing the full impact of the conflict.