First World War Poetry Showcase

Poetry by Heart has compiled this showcase selection of poetry to mark the centenary
of the outbreak of the First World War. There are plenty of anthologies of First World War
poetry in existence.

Ours is different because it contains an unusually wide range of voice: some widely
celebrated, some much less well-known; some from Britain, some from Germany and
elsewhere; some men and some women; some speaking from the trenches, some from
behind the lines or at home; some describing the heat of battle, some reflecting on the
conflict from later in the century.

Taken all together, they create an extraordinary kind of witness – harrowing as well
as humbling and heartening; they present the war as a devastating moment in history,
and remind us its resonances never end.

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Trench Warfare Light and Dark Dreams Birds Fruit Explosion Pain Youth Reflection Goodbyes Music Curse Laughter Pride Pointlessness Thunder Religion Emptiness Escapism Spring Ghosts Home Front Medical Workers Translations

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Anna Akhmatova
1889 - 1966

Guillaume Apollinaire
1880 - 1918

Laurence Binyon
1869 - 1943

Mary Borden
1886 - 1968

Rupert Brooke
1887 - 1915

May Wedderburn Cannan
1893 - 1973

Tommy Crawford
1897 - 1980

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
1878 - 1962

Eleanor Farjeon
1881 - 1965

Robert Graves
1895 - 1985

Julian Grenfell
1888 - 1915

F.W. Harvey
1888 - 1957

Seamus Heaney
1939 - 2013

A.P Herbert
1890 - 1971

Mick Imlah
1956 - 2009

Phillip Larkin
1922 - 1985

Rudyard Kipling
1865 - 1936

Francis Ledwidge
1887 - 1917

Michael Longley
1939 -

Amy Lowell
1874 - 1925

Rose Macaulay
1881 - 1958

Helen Mackay
1876 - 1961

Glyn Maxwell
1962 -

Charlotte Mew
1869 - 1928

Andrew Motion
1952 -

Paul Muldoon
1951 -

Ezra Pound
1885 - 1972

Siegfried Sassoon
1886 - 1967

Vernon Scannell
1922 - 2007

Alan Seeger
1888 - 1916

Owen Sheers
1974 -

May Sinclair
1863 - 1946

Edith Sitwell
1887 - 1964

Edward Słoński
1872 - 1926

Ernst Stadler
1883 - 1914

Mary Symon
1863 - 1938

Sara Teasdale
1884 - 1933

Edward Thomas
1878 - 1917

Georg Trakl
1887 - 1914

Arthur Graeme West
1891 - 1917