Category Archive: 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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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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Apologia Pro Poemate Meo by Wilfred Owen

Apologia Pro Poemate Meo by Wilfred Owen poster

When you see millions of the mouthless dead by Charles Hamilton Sorley

When you see millions of the mouthless dead by Charles Hamilton Sorley

Before Action by W N Hodgson

Before Action by W N Hodgson poster

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew

May 1915 by Charlotte Mew poster