Category Archive: Featured Poems

Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington

Richard Aldington was born Edward Godfree Aldington in Portsmouth on 8th July 1892. His father Albert was a solicitor’s clerk and when Edward as still an infant, Albert and his wife Jessie moved to Dover in Kent, where they had three more children. At a young age, Edward took a strong dislike to his given […]

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Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy - 'Woodbine Willie'

Geoffrey Anketell Studdert Kennedy was born in Leeds on June 27th 1883, the seventh of nine children born to Reverend William Studdert Kennedy and his second wife, Joan. Geoffrey also had five half-siblings from his father’s first marriage and this large family lived a happy life in the poor parish of St Mary’s Quarry Hill, […]

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Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger

Alan Seeger was born in New York on 22nd June 1888, the second of three children born to Charles and Elsie Seeger. The following year, the family moved to Staten Island, where they lived for the next nine years and where Alan attended the Staten Island Academy. Alan was always a dreamy, somewhat romantic child, […]

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Jessie Pope

Jessie Pope

It is, perhaps, ironic that Jessie Pope should share her date of birth (although not the year) with Wilfred Owen, who vilified her and her type in his poem Dulce et Decorum Est. Her reputation today mainly persists due to Wilfred Owen’s original dedication of that poem to her, and his criticism therein of her […]

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Born on 18th March 1893 in Plas Wilmot near Oswestry in Shropshire, Wilfred Owen would eventually become one of the most famous war poets in the English language. His poetry is now most certainly the most widely read and studied within this genre and forms the introduction to the First World War for many individuals. […]

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Katharine Tynan

Katharine Tynan

Born on January 23rd 1861 at Whitehall Dairy Farm in Clondalkin, County Dublin, Katharine Tynan was the seventh child of Andrew Cullen Tynan and his wife Elizabeth (née O’Reilly). A Catholic family, which eventually numbered twelve children, the Tynans were dairy farmers, although Andrew Tynan was also an entrepreneur. Following her education at the Dominican […]

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John McCrae

John McCrae

Born on 30th November, John McCrae was the second son of Ontario-based Lieutenant-General David McCrae and his wife Janet Simpson Eckford. John’s early education took place at the Central Public School and then at Guelph Collegiate Institute, where he took his first steps into the military, joining the Highland Cadet Corps at the age of […]

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Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg was born in Bristol on 25th November 1890, the oldest son and second child of Jewish-Lithuanian immigrants, Dovber and Hacha Rosenberg. Isaac’s twin brother died at birth, making his mother rather protective of him, especially given his poor health and diminutive stature. Dovber and Hacha changed their christian names to Barnet and Anne; […]

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Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mary Mew was born on London on 15th November 1869, the third child of architect Frederick Mew and his wife Anna Maria Marden (née Kendall). Charlotte’s mother firmly believed that she had married beneath her and throughout her marriage, despite having seven children, she did very little around the home. The children, Henry, Frederick, […]

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Apologia Pro Poemate Meo by Wilfred Owen

Apologia Pro Poemate Meo by Wilfred Owen poster