This month we’ve dedicated the Performance Gallery to poems of the First World War, in honour of Remembrance Day on 11th November. This annual commemoration is observed in the UK and across the Commonwealth to remember those in the armed forces who died in the line of duty, their families, staff in the emergency services and those who have lost their lives as a result of conflict or terrorism.
There is a powerful tradition of First World War poetry that encompasses poems written by soldiers serving in the trenches like Wilfred Owen or Isaac Rosenberg, as well as women who served in the Home Front such as Mary Borden. Contemporary poets like Carol Ann Duffy and Owen Sheers have also written eloquently about the effects of the war on today’s society and its remembrance.
All of the above poets feature in this selection of poem performances, recited by a number of wonderful Poetry By Heart student finalists from the last several years. If you’d like to browse more First World War poetry, including a selection by poets writing in languages other than English, please visit our dedicated showcase.