The First World War section includes a few 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. There is biographical information about 25 First World War poets, with substantial amounts on Wilfred Owen in particular.
Folk Song about the First World War
The words to this song were recently posted on the interactive pages of this web site. This is a link to the YouTube recording that the author, Alun Rhys Jones, made of it and the text of the song. I think it is impressive.
David Roberts, Editor.
27 January 2015 - 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Poland by the Russian army. Holocaust Memorial Day remembering the extermination of 6 million Jews and others at he hands of theNazis.
A fence around Auschwitz 2015
The poem was written for a competition organised by The Poetry Society Young Poets in conjunction with The Freud Museum for its Exhibition "Why War? which took place in October 2014. You can read several other poems that were presented at the exhibition by scrolling to the bottom of the page reached with this link: Poems written by members of the UK Poetry Society’s Young Poets Network, in response to a writing challenge in collaboration with the Freud Museum.
Remembrance- We have a recently discovered poem from the Second World War that is a tribute to lost comrades, and although the details relate to a particular band of brothers the sentiments will be widely understood. The Men I Marched Beside.
Fascinating radio war poetry and history series with over 300 contributors from Lincolnshire which ran for ten days from Tuesday 11 November on community radio station, Siren FM, in Lincoln, UK. Based on the book, Minds at War, edited by David Roberts. The programme contained a great deal of additional material unearthed and often written by contributors. The programme was produced and directed by Ben Pickard.
Readers and contributors include local people from all walks of life including the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, the Mayors of Lincoln and Grimsby, the Bishop of Grimsby, students from local schools including the William Farr School, and Washingborough Academy. For more information . . .
One of the largest anthologies of First World War poetry. Also includes poets' letters, news reports and historical background. Illustrated. Richly informative. It is the main source book for 11 days of readings on Siren FM, with a great deal of additional material - music, comments, and First World War information unearthed by Siren FM and contributors.
BOOKS For information about anthologies of poetry, collections of poems by specific war poets, and relevant history books please see the bookshop page.For more information about anthologies edited by David Roberts please click a picture link in the left column.
Superb new anthology of modern war poetry, edited by Neil Astley.
We Are the Dead takes anthologies of First World War poetry into new areas. It features poems and war paintings from five countries.
This hardback book is lavishly illustrated in colour throughout by the great war artists of The First World War. It contains British, Irish, Australian, Canadian, French and German poetry. It was edited by David Roberts and published by The Red Horse Press in 2012.
See reviews and ratings of
Minds at War
on the Good Reads website.
A shorter alternative to Minds at War is
Out in the Dark.
and published in Argentina
Part of the record of The Falklands War and the effects
of war - an important part of Britain's modern
Thirtieth Anniversary of the war to repel the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina, April-June 2012
Falklands War Poetry
Falklands War Poetry, edited by David Roberts was published
by Saxon Books in spring 2012. Poems are from Britain, the
Falkland Islands and Argentina.
For further details, click here.
They include poems of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo,
Falklands, Vietnam, Africa and the Israel/Palestine conflict.
There are remembrance
poems, peace poems and anti-war poems too.
The contemporary war poetry on this website expresses a wide variety of views, experience and insights.
Each poet has his or her own distinctive voice. Today's war poets are people involved in warfare, affected by it or concerned about its affects.
WAR POETRY TODAY You can now instantly upload your poems directly to this website yourself. Please see the opening page of this section of the website (WAR POETRY TODAY). Click here to access. On this contributors' page click on "Replies" to read poems placed on the page - the latest war poetry available.
The Issues index page provides links to
discussions of war, peace, politics, international relations, and international law relating to war.
The views of Tony Blair, a former Nuremberg prosecutor and a former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and others can be read here.
Most countries do not indulge in warfare. It is a matter of concern and distress to many people in the world that a significant handful of countries, often in defiance of United Nations' principles, are almost constantly at war, either overtly, or through the support and provocation of others.
Clickable Links to modern war poetry pages on this website
War Poetry Today
|2013 war poetry
2012 war poetry
2011 War Poems and poem videos
2010 War Poems
2009 War Poems
2008 War Poems
2007 War Poems
2006 War Poems
Afghanistan War Poems
Africa War Poems
Asia (war poems from)
Australia (war poems from)
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Falklands War Poetry
Falklands War Poetry by Bernie Bruen
Falklands War - Graham Cordwell
Iraq War Videos
Iraq - the start of the war - 2003 War Poems
Iraq 2004 War Poems
Iraq and other war poems early 2005
Iraq and other war poems later 2005
Iraq later war poems have been added to
other yearly collections
Israel - War Poems, Elisha Porat
Israel - The persecution of the Jews, War Poems
Israel/Palestine/Gaza violence, War and Peace Poems
Japan (war poems from)
Kosovo War, War Poems
Malvinas War poetry - Spanish
Middle East, War Poems
Northern Ireland, War Poems
Palestine, War Poems
Second World War poetry
Sierra Leone War, War Poems
Vietnam War, War Poems
Individual contemporary war poets
Curtis D Bennett (US) (New page added November 2012)
Bernie Bruen, Falklands
Graham Cordwell, Falklands
Cheryl L Daytec (Philippines - Some Palestine poems)
Maureen Jones (about First World War)
Elisha Porat (Israel)
Penny Rock (US)
Poems by Mike Subritzky (NZ)
25 January 2013. Second anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution.
My video poem, written shortly after the victory, suggested that to celebrate before the new leaders had taken over might be premature. See other responses too by clicking here. - David Roberts, Editor.
Link to Books of war poetry and for writers of war poetry. Books about recent wars and the politics of war and peace. Information and BUY NOW links to best prices.
Poetry videos can be found on the Northern Ireland page, the Palestine page, 2011 page and the 2012 page.
her video speaking her poem, What I will.
(An expression of a determination to dissociate herself from what the 9/11 criminals did and everything they stood for. A
modern statement of pacifism.)
"It is possible, we now know, for a
society to be heir to the knowledge of all the ages, and to use it with
the recklessness of a madman and the ferocity of a savage.
It may master the means to harness nature to its chariot and then
employ them to drive with greater speed to the precipice.
. . "
R H Tawney -
-More. . .
The War Poetry website popularity It is number one in Google for war poetry. The War Poetry website is gaining in popularity. On Remembrance Day, 11 November 2010, there were 25,470 visits, in 2011 49,567 visits, and 2012 there were 55,601 visits. In the period 12 November 2011 to 13 November 2012 there were 958,953 visits to The War Poetry website.
Video of former Nuremberg Prosecutor speaking on the illegality of the NATO bombing of Kosovo From ISSUES (in the left column) you can access the Kosovo page where you can access this unique video. It's a truly historic statement by the late Walter Rockler recorded at the request of the editor in 2000. It is available here for the first time since we placed the video on YouTube in October 2010.
Prolific American anti-war poet David Martin Click here to link to his website for his many poems which are very critical and cynical about American foreign policy.
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