Battle by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson 1st / 1st 1915
London: Elkin Mathews (1915) A first UK print copy and in very good condition. There is a light crease to the top left-hand corner and some minor rubbing to the edges. There is a contemporary signature to the half title page.
Several of Gibson’s poems, including ‘Hit’, ‘The Messages’ and ‘The Quiet’, depict moments of realisation in which soldiers discover they have been injured or lie among the dead. His poems are free of brash patriotism. Adopting an ambivalent position, Gibson urges civilian readers to reassess their perspective on the war. In ‘Nightmare’, for instance, a parent questions the authorities who send men to fight.