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Poems of the Great War


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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Is might to their hand.

Much suffering shall cleanse thee;
But thou through the flood
Shalt win to Salvation,
To Beauty through blood.

Up, careless, awake!
Ye peacemakers, fight!
England stands for Honour:
God defend the Right!

Poet Laureate

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England! where the sacred flame
Burns before the inmost shrine,
Where the lips that love thy name
Consecrate their hopes and thine,
Where the banners of thy dead
Weave their shadows overhead,
Watch beside thine arms to-night,
Pray that God defend the Right.

Think that when to-morrow comes
War shall claim command of all,
Thou must hear the roll of drums,
Thou must hear the trumpet's call.
Now before they silence ruth,
Commune with the voice of . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'm not a great fan of poetry and overall I could only rate this as OK, but there were some massive highlights which in general were the poems of Wilfred Owen. The stand outs were "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum est" (which is just gut wrenching in its vivid imagery of a mustard g...more

A great collection that serves as a splendid intro to poetry of The Great War. Recommend as an introduction.

3.5 stars

I picked up this little collection of War Poetry when I visited the Imperial War Museum in Manchester last year. I wanted to read it around Remembrance Day, but forgot to bring it to uni with me. I've only just gotten round to reading it, but it was such a lovely and haunting read.


The Wilfred Owen pieces were m y favorite, but this collection is well organized in regards to the order and compilation. Poems written about the Great War have such reverence for the sacrifice of life and a reverence for nature, yet exposing the cruelty and horror of the genesis of modern warfar...more

A wonderful collection, if rather sparse with regard to female poets. Incredibly moving.

I loved this book. It was extremely emotional and gave many unique, historical and insightful experiences into the overall atmosphere of WWI. It was truly horrific and this historic account of suffering, bravery and true pain were expressed so exquisitely. I read two poems a day and it truly gave...more

The highlights were those from Wilfried Owen and Sigfried Sassoon.

I purchased this book of poetry in the Flanders Field Museum Gift Shop on a school trip and I'm disappointed in myself that it took me over a decade to read this, because it is so hauntingly beautiful. It contains many famous poems of the Great War, such as In Flanders Field and In Memoriam and l...more

I used to be part of an international penfriend group, exchanging letters with people all over the world. A friend in Ireland sent me this little book back in 1998, when it was published to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Armistice. She knew I liked to read, and thought I would appreciate...more

There is not much I can really say about this collection of poems, save for that it is numbingly beautiful and emotional and all-around great. Even if you are not a fan of poetry collections, or if you are not very familiar with the history behind WWI, or 'The Great War', as it came to be knwon,...more

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