The War Poetry Website
The War Poetry Website
The war poetry website is a resource of war poems of the First World War and more recent conflicts - especially the Iraq war and the war in Afghanistan. Many poems are used in Remembrance events - the classic poems and poems by contemporary service personnel. Students of First World War poetry will find the biographical information especially on Wilfred Owen particularly useful. Guide to war poetry books.
National Memorial Arboretum sculpture, Alrewas, UK
20th anniversary of the bombing of Iraq
20 March 2023
An horrendous onslaught by Britain and America. See the sections of Iraq war poems on this website by serving military personnel. Just click the "Modern" drop down menu above.
GOOD NEWS ABOUT WAR POETRY BOOKS
Update May 2023
War poetry and remembrance titles published by Saxon Books will shortly be on sale again in the UK and at bargain prices.
Remembrance poems and war poetry anthologies will soon be back on sale.
There will be a link from this website to the Saxon Books new online store during July 2023.
Prices will be temporarily greatly reduced. So watch this space.
Minds at War - a major anthology of poetry of the First World War. (Illustrated)
Out in the Dark - a collection of First World War poems in context and with basic notes (Illustrated)
Falklands War Poetry
French Poems of the Great War
Cockerels and Vultures poems by a French First World War poet
Remembrance Poems and Readings
Kosovo War Poetry
Also on this website
Poems of the First World War
Our First World War section includes some of the most famous war poems of all time by Wilfred Owen and others. The basic notes provided with some of these poems will be useful for students.
25 First World War poets
Short accounts of their lives, but with fascinating additional details on Wilfred Owen and one or two other poets.
Don't miss the links at the top of the page, above the red boxes - including dropdown menus with many more topics.
Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Thomas Hardy, just three of the poets that you can find biographical information about on this website.
Modern War Poetry
The modern war poems found on this website are mainly by men and women with first hand experience in wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. They include poems of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Falklands, Vietnam, Africa and the Israel/Palestine conflict. Some of these poems may be found in the Remembrance section of this website.
Some modern war poems are by men and women affected by war or concerned about its affects. Click here to view list of modern war poetry sections links.
The first wounded - John Lavery's painting. One of dozens of original First World War paintings to be found in We Are The Dead, edited by David Roberts.
The drop-down menus from the menu bar across the top of the page offer dozens of pages of war poetry and information about poets and background to the poems.
Choosing war poetry books
2 April 1982 - 14 June 1982
Britain saves the Falkland Islands from the Argentinian Invasion
40th Anniversary 2022
This was a short war but closely fought war with a devastating impact on the lives of many servicemen and their families. A number of these men wrote poetry at the time and shortly after the war. Poems by three of them appear on this website. There are far more poems by British servicemen, Falkland Islanders, and Argentinians in the Falklands War Poetry collection.