Below are links to a number of sites containing poems about war. This list is not at all exhaustive, but you should be able to find at least a few poems you like here…

These sites have been checked, so you should be able to access them all from school…

 

Here is a list of poems you can use to construct your War Poetry Responses. Names in RED indicate Australian Poets. A quick search on the google should find them.

 

The First World War (1914-1918)

THE OUTBREAK OF WAR

  • Peace – Rupert Brooke
  • England To Her Sons – W.N. Hodgson

PREPARING FOR WAR

  • On Receiving News of the War – Isaac Rosenberg
  • Recruiting – E.A. Mackintosh
  • The Send-Off – Wilfred Owen

THE WAR FRONT

  • Breakfast – Wilfred Gibson
  • The Letter – Wilfred Owen
  • Louse Hunting – Isaac Rosenberg
  • The General – Siegfried Sassoon
  • Dulce et Decorum Est – Wilfred Owen
  • Suicide in the Trenches – Siegfried Sassoon
  • The Deserter – Winifred Letts
  • The Soldier - Rupert Brooke
  • Six Young Men – Ted Hughes
  • The Hero - Siegfried Sassoon
  • The Rear Guard - Siegfried Sassoon
  • Survivors – Siegfried Sassoon

THE HOME FRONT

  • War Girls – Jessie Pope
  • Munition Wages – Madeline Ida Bedford
  • Many Sisters to Many Brothers – Rose Macaulay

THE AFTERMATH

  • Does it Matter? – Siegfried Sassoon
  • OBE – A.A. Milne
  • The Great War – Vernon Scannell

 

The Second World War (1939-1945)

THE BLACKOUT, THE BLITZ & THE EVACUATION

  • The Second World War – Elizabeth Jennings
  • Autobiography – Adrian Henri
  • Children in Wartime – Isobel Thrilling
  • Evacuee – Isobel Thrilling

TRAINING

  • Bayonet Training – Vernon Scannell
  • Naming of Parts – Henry Reed

WARFARE

  • LRDG – J.G. Meddemmen
  • Lament of a Desert Rat – N.J. Trapnell
  • Elegy for an 88 Gunner – Keith Douglas
  • So Long – Hamish Henderson
  • Convoy Episode – John Wedge
  • Air Raid – Charles Robinson

AT HOME

  • Air Raid Casualties – Patricia Ledward
  • Lament – Francis Mayo

VICTIMS OF WAR

  • Pigtail – Tadeusz Rozewicz
  • The Rain – Zbigniew Herbert
  • Casualty-Mental Ward – Vernon Scannell
  • Post-War – Libby Houston

 

More Recent Wars

THE VIETNAM WAR

  • Green Beret – Ho Thien
  • What Were They Like? – Denise Levertov
  • All Quiet – David Ignatow
  • To Whom It May Concern – Adrian Mitchell
  • The Casualty – Steve Mason