Category Archive: Featured Poems

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

This sonnet was completed on, or just before, 25th September 1917 and the final draft, of which there were many, bears several amendments by Siegfried Sassoon, whom Owen had met while both men were at Craiglockhart Military Hospital during that summer. However, Anthem for Doomed Youth, in a different form, was first imagined by Owen […]

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Recruiting by E. A. Mackintosh

Recruiting by E A Mackintosh

Although many question whether this is a pro-war or anti-war poem, it probably neither. Here, Mackintosh really seeks to praise the men with whom he serves and to urge others to find the same comradeship, trust and loyalty that he has discovered in the trenches.

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Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon

Eleanor Farjeon was born in London on 13th February 1881, the third child of writer Benjamin Farjeon and his wife Margaret (Maggie) Jefferson, who was the daughter of the American actor Joseph Jefferson. Just a few months after Eleanor’s birth, in the summer of 1881, her older brother Charles died, aged just one. Eleanor, known […]

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Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain

Vera Mary Brittain was born on December 29th 1893 at Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire. She was the oldest child of paper manufacturer Arthur Brittain and his wife Edith (née Bervon), who moved their young family to Macclesfield in Cheshire when Vera was eighteen months old, just a few months before her beloved brother Edward was born. […]

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1916 Seen From 1921 by Edmund Blunden

1916 Seen From 1921 by Edmund Blunden

A poem full of raw emotion and a tremendous sense of loss and sadness. The reader becomes acutely aware that Blunden is biding his time, waiting for his life to return to him, so that he can once again be at peace in his beloved countryside, but one also realises that he never really achieved […]

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Lament by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Lament by Wilfred Wilson Gibson

The poem given below, quite simply, questions how those who survived the conflict could ever hope to regain a normal life, following the war, in the face of such overwhelming sacrifice. This sad piece reflects Gibson’s unhappiness at his non-combatant status. Written before he was finally accepted by the army, Lament demonstrates a feeling of guilt that […]

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Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon poster

This poem was written in March 1919, shortly after the poet was demobilised. By this stage, Sassoon had come to despise the war, but retained, throughout his life a great affection for the men with whom he had served, which is reflected in this piece. A very personal poem, Aftermath used to be broadcast on […]

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To His Love by Ivor Gurney

To His Love by Ivor Gurney poster

The poem given below is of unknown date which was first published in 1919. This piece may be about the assumed death of Gurney’s friend F. W. Harvey (who it later transpired was not dead, but a prisoner of war), or it may be about another friend, or about death in general. A poem of […]

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Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

Rupert Chawner Brooke was born at Rugby on 3rd August 1887, the middle of the three sons of William and Mary Brooke. William Brooke was a Classics master at Rugby, where Rupert and this brothers Richard and William grew up under the watchful eye of their domineering mother. Brooke was educated at Hillbrow Preparatory School, […]

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Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Robert Von Ranke Graves was born in Wimbledon on 24th July 1895, the third of five children born to Alfred Perceval Graves and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Von Ranke. Graves was educated at Charterhouse School, where he was befriended and influenced by one of the masters, mountaineer, George Mallory. In 1914, Graves has just […]

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