Poems 1914

The Treasure

War Sonnet I: Peace

War Sonnet II: Safety

War Sonnet III: The Dead

War Sonnet IV: The Dead

War Sonnet V: The Soldier


Poems 1914

Brooke wrote these poems in the autumn following the outbreak of the First World War. Although The Solider is the most famous of these poems, Brooke's favourite was The Dead (IV). They were first published in New Numbers. The Soldier's fame and popularity was established three weeks before Brooke's death in April 1915, when the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral read it at the Easter Sunday service.

The Treasure was the first poem Brooke wrote after August 1914, and it acts as a preface to the five war sonnetts.