Minds at War

Major Anthology
of First World War Poetry


Minds at War - a pioneering volume of First World War poetry when it was introduced in 1996 and still at the forefront of First World War poetry anthologies. One of the largest collections of First World War poetry and accompanied by the history and historical documents and records that sets the poems in context in a straightforward and highly readable text.

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"My students are devouring it faster than I can assign readings. This is a great collection."   -  Thomas H Crofts, Assistant Professor of English, East Tenessee State University.

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Minds at War
The poetry and experience
of the First World War

One of the largest anthologies of First World War poetry. All the greatest war poems of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon ** and significant war poems by over seventy other notable poets. With a wealth of fascinating historical material and insights into the lives and thoughts of the poets. Illustrated with archive cartoons and photographs.

Key Features of Minds at War

A richly insightful and comprehensive anthology of First World War poetry - in all 250 poems by 80 poets.

The poems are presented in historical context with extracts from contemporary records, press reports and commentaries, poets’ letters, diaries and personal accounts. These deepen our understanding of the poets, their poetry and the changing attitudes of society during the First World War.

Together, the poetry and the prose extracts illuminate the experience and thinking of British people during the First World War. Minds at War provides an ideal introduction to the poetry and history of The First World War for the advanced student.

This moving, fascinating and encyclopaedic volume includes:

  • The great classic poems of the war by Owen, Sassoon, Brooke, Rosenberg, Sorley, Gurney, Thomas, Blunden, Binyon, McCrae, Grenfell, Seeger, Kipling, and others

  • Poems by 26 women poets, and 40 other significant poets

  • “Lost” verse that enjoyed extraordinary popularity 
    during the First World War *

  • Extracts from diaries, personal letters and accounts of poets and others

  • Pronouncements by the media, leading commentators and politicians of the day

  • Poets and propaganda

  • Historic photographs and cartoons

  • Maps, biographies, glossary, bibliography, additional illustrations

* One poem, by John Oxenham, is reputed to have sold 8 million copies during the war 
** Wilfred Owen (generally regarded as the greatest of all war poets writing in English), 26 poems, the poems on which his reputation is founded. 
Siegfried Sassoon (unrivalled for his honest record of his changing views and feelings, a record spanning the entire war), 33 poems.

It is both a resource book and fascinating read for everyone interested in the poetry, poets and experience of the First World War.

An established key text for the war poetry section of every library that caters for students of literature and the general public.

A widely used and studied book at university level and pre-university level in Britain and America. An invaluable source book for poems and background information for teachers of war poetry and peace studies. 

Valuable too for history students seeking to understand British society during the 1914-1918 war.

Key Publication Facts

410 pages  Paperback   -    9x6"  234x156mm  -  Illustrated with archive photographs and cartoons
ISBN 978 0 952 8969 0 6
Twelfth Printing

Edited by David Roberts
Published by Saxon Books

£15-99 (UK)

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