Poems of War and Remembrance

A Collection of Classic War Poems

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In historical order by date of publication, we offer this anthology for your wartime reading and reflection, and in remembrance of those who gave their lives in the many wars fought in human history.

  • Li Po,
    “Nefarious War” (c. 750)
  • William Shakespeare,
    St. Crispin’s Day speech,” from Henry V (1599)
  • William Blake,
    “Prologue Intended for a Dramatic Piece of King Edward the Fourth” (1783)
  • Alfred, Lord Tennyson,
    “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (1854)
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
    “Mother and Poet” (1862)
  • Herman Melville,
    “Shiloh: A Requiem (April, 1862)” (1866)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “Look Down, Fair Moon” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d” (1867)
  • Walt Whitman,
    “Dirge for Two Veterans” (1867)
  • Walt Whitman,
    The Artilleryman’s Vision” (1871)
  • Sophie Jewett (Ellen Burroughs),
    “The Soldier” and “Armistice” (1896)
     
  • Stephen Crane,
    “War Is Kind” (1899)
  • Thomas Hardy,
    “Channel Firing” (1914)
  • Thomas Hardy,
    “In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’” and “The Man He Killed” (1915)
  • Wilfrid Wilson Gibson,
    “Comrades” and “Back” (1915)
  • John McCrae,
    “In Flanders Fields” (1915)
  • Rupert Brooke,
    “The Soldier” (1915)
  • Amy Lowell,
    “Patterns” (1916)
  • Amy Lowell,
    “The Allies” (1916)
  • Amy Lowell,
    “The Bombardment” (1916)
  • Amy Lowell,
    “A Ballad of Footmen” (1916)
  • Carl Sandburg,
    “Iron” and “Grass” (1916 and 1918)
  • Wilfred Owen,
    “Dulce et Decorum Est” (1917)
  • Wilfred Owen,
    “Anthem for Doomed Youth” (1917)
  • Alan Seeger,
    “I Have a Rendezvous with Death” (1917)
  • Robert Frost,
    “Not to Keep” (1917)
  • Siegfried Sassoon,
    “Aftermath” (1919)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    An Irish Airman Foresees His Death” (1919)
  • William Butler Yeats,
    “On Being Asked for a War Poem” (1919)
  • Robert Graves,
    “Country at War” (1920)
  • Alice Dunbar-Nerlson,
    “I Sit and Sew” (1920)
  • Charlotte Mary Mew,
    The Cenotaph” (1921)
  • Thomas McGrath,
    from “Remembering That Island” (1972)