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Best Famous War Poets of All-time

Famous War Poets and their poems. These poets were either involved in wars or the military, and/or, wrote significant war poems. This is list of the most popular and best famous War poets in history (with their best poetry) and is not restricted to a particular war, country, or nationality.

War Poets
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Whitman , Walt

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American Walt Whitman, born on May 31, 1819, is considered to be one of the world's greatest and most influential poets and writers.

2
Kipling , Rudyard

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Rudyard Kipling was a British short-story writer, poet, and novelist, born in Mumbai, India and educated in England. One of Kipling's most famous works is The Jungle Books; a collection of poems and stories.


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Emerson , Ralph Waldo

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a famous American preacher, philosopher, and poet of the 19th century who served as the center of the Transcendental movement.

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Hardy , Thomas

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Thomas Hardy was a British novelist, short story writer, and poet of the Naturalist movement. Hardy was born in Dorsetshire, with whose scenery he has made his readers familiar; bred an architect; first earned popularity in 1874 by his "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was followed by, among others, "The Return of the Native," "The Woodlanders," and "Tess of the D'Urbervilles," the last in 1892, books which require to be read in order to appreciate the genius of the author; b. 1840.


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Das , Gopabandhu

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Gopabandhu Dash, known as Utkalamani (Gem of Odisha ), was a social worker, reformer, political activist, journalist, poet and essayist. Gopabandhu Das is one of the founders of the modern Orissa state, is also remembered for his patriotic lyrical poems and lucid, thought provoking prose writings.

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Causley , Charles

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Charles Causley was a Cornish poet and writer. His work is noted for its simplicity and directness and for its associations with folklore, especially when linked to his native Cornwall.

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Service , Robert William

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Robert William Service was a British-Canadian poet and writer who has often been called "the Bard of the Yukon". He is best known for his poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", from his first book, Songs of a Sourdough (1907; also published as The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses).

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Whittier , John Greenleaf

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An American Quaker poet and forceful advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States.. American poet

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Masefield , John

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. English poet and writer; Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom

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Homer ,

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Homer, the great epic poet of Greece, and the greatest of all time; author of the "Iliad" and the "Odyssey". He is one of the most well-known, studied, and referred to poets in the history of the world.

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Graves , Robert

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An English scholar, poet, and novelist.. British author scholar

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Aldington , Richard

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An English writer and poet.. English writer and poet

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Holmes , Oliver Wendell

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One of the best regarded American poets of the 19th century.. American physician poet professor lecturer and author

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Behan , Brendan

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Brendan Francis Behan (/ ' b i n / BEE -n ; Irish : Breandán Ó Beacháin ; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into a republican family, he became a member of the IRA's youth organisation Fianna Éireann at the age of fourteen. However, there was also a strong emphasis on Irish history and culture in the home, which meant he was steeped in literature and patriotic ballads from a tender age. Behan eventually joined the IRA at sixteen, which led to him serving time in a borstal youth prison in the United Kingdom and was also imprisoned in Republic of Ireland. During this time, he took it upon himself to study and he became a fluent speaker of the Irish language. Subsequently released from prison as part of a general amnesty given by the Fianna Fáil government in 1946, Behan moved between homes in Dublin, Kerry and Connemara and also resided in Paris for a period.

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Sassoon , Siegfried

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An English poet and author.. British war poet

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Bismil , Ram Prasad

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Ram Prasad Bismil   pronunciation   (help · info ) (11 June 1897 – 19 December 1927) was an Indian revolutionary who participated in Mainpuri Conspiracy of 1918, and the Kakori conspiracy of 1925, both against British Empire. As well as being a freedom fighter, he was also a patriotic poet and wrote in Hindi and Urdu using the pen names Ram, Agyat and Bismil. But, he became popular with the last name "Bismil" only. He was associated with Arya Samaj where he got inspiration from Satyarth Prakash, a book written by Swami Dayanand Saraswati. He also had a confidential connection with Lala Har Dayal through his guru Swami Somdev, a preacher of Arya Samaj.

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Lanier , Sidney

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Sidney Clopton Lanier (February 3, 1842 – September 7, 1881) was an American musician and poet .

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Brooke , Rupert

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British poet known for his World War I war poems.. English poet

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Aleardi , Aleardo

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Italian poet, Aleardo Aleardi (November 14, 1812 – July 17, 1878), born Gaetano Maria, he belonged to the so-called Neo-romanticists. He was engaged in a life-long struggle against the Austrian dominion, and his patriotic poems were much admired. In 1859 he was elected deputy to Parliament for Brescia. Died Verona, 16 July, 1878.

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Seeger , Alan

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Alan Seeger (22 June 1888 – 4 July 1916) was an American poet who fought and died in World War I during the Battle of the Somme serving in the French Foreign Legion. Seeger is the uncle of American folk singer Pete Seeger, and was a classmate of T.S. Eliot at Harvard. He is most well known for having authored the poem, I Have a Rendezvous with Death, a favorite of President John F. Kennedy. A statue modeled after Seeger is found on the monument honoring fallen Americans who volunteered for France during the war, located at the Place des États-Unis, Paris .

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Owen , Wilfred

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. English poet and soldier

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Aasen , Ivar Andreas

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Ivar Andreas Aasen (ō′zen), Norwegian poet and philologist, was born in 1813 and died in 1896. He wrote miscellaneous poems and a drama, but he is chiefly known as the originator of the patriotic movement known as the Maulstroev.

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Manzoni , Alessandro

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Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni (7 March 1785 – 22 May 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed (orig.Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1827), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.. Italian poet novelist

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Key , Francis Scott

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Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, " The Star-Spangled Banner ".

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Binyon , Laurence

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An English poet, dramatist and art scholar.. English poet dramatist and art scholar

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Tynan , Katharine

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Katharine Tynan (23 January 1859 – 2 April 1931) was an Irish-born writer, known mainly for her novels and poetry. After her marriage in 1898 to the English writer and barrister Henry Albert Hinkson (1865–1919) she usually wrote under the name Katharine Tynan Hinkson, or variations thereof. Of their three children, Pamela Hinkson (1900–1982) was also known as a writer.

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Trakl , Georg

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. Austrian poet; considered one of the most important Austrian Expressionists

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Wyspianski , Stanislaw

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Stanislaw Wyspianski (Polish pronunciation:  [sta'iswaf v'spjaski] ; 15 January 1869 – 28 November 1907) was a Polish playwright, painter and poet, as well as interior and furniture designer. A patriotic writer, he created a series of symbolic, national dramas within the artistic philosophy of the Young Poland Movement. Wyspianski was one of the most outstanding and multifaceted artists of his time in Poland under the foreign partitions. He successfully joined the trends of modernism with themes of the Polish folk tradition and Romantic history. Unofficially, he came to be known as the Fourth Polish Bard (in addition to the earlier Three Bards : Adam Mickiewicz, Juliusz Slowacki, and Zygmunt Krasinski ).

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Thomas , Edward

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. Anglo-Welsh poet and essayist

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Rosenberg , Isaac

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An English poet of the First World War. English poet of World War I

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Blunden , Edmund

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Edmund Charles Blunden, MC (1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974) was an English poet, author and critic. Like his friend Siegfried Sassoon, he wrote of his experiences in World War I in both verse and prose. For most of his career, Blunden was also a reviewer for English publications and an academic in Tokyo and later Hong Kong. He ended his career as Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford.. English poet author and literary critic

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McCrae , John

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. Canadian poet physician author artist and soldier; "In Flanders Fields"

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Jones , David

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David Jones CH (1 November 1895 – 28 October 1974) was both an artist and one of the most important first generation British modernist poets. His work was formed by his Welsh heritage and his Catholicism. T. S. Eliot considered Jones to be a writer of major importance and his The Anathemata was considered by W. H. Auden to be the best long poem written in English in the 20th century.. British artist and poet

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Keyes , Sidney

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Sidney Arthur Kilworth Keyes (27 May 1922 – 29 April 1943, Tunisia ) was an English poet of World War II .

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Read , Herbert

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Sir Herbert Edward Read, DSO, MC (1893–1968) was an English anarchist, poet, and critic of literature and art. He was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism, and was strongly influenced by proto-existentialist thinker Max Stirner .

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Lewis , Alun

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Alun Lewis (1 July 1915 – 5 March 1944) was a Welsh poet. He is one of the best-known English-language poets of the Second World War

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Sierra , Justo

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Justo Sierra Méndez (Campeche, Republic of Yucatán, January 26, 1848 - Madrid, Spain, September 13, 1912), was a prominent Mexican writer, journalist, poet and political figure of the second half of the nineteenth century. He was the son of Mexican novelist Justo Sierra O'Reilly, who is credited with inspiring his son with the spirit of literature. Sierra moved to Mexico City at the age of 13 in 1861, the year of his father's death, and also, coincidentally, the year of the French intervention in Mexico. Together with his fellow young students, Sierra responded with patriotic fervor to the invasion of his country, and became a lifelong militant liberal. His most enduring works are sociopolitical histories (at times verging on memoirs) of the era of Benito Juárez and Porfirio Díaz, particularly his political biography of Juárez and his Evolución política del pueblo mexicano, which Antonio Caso considered the definitive statement of the age of the Reform in Mexico. He was elected a member of the Mexican Academy of Language in 1887, and served as the Academy's sixth director from 1910 until his death in 1912.

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Monro , Harold

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Harold Edward Monro (March 14, 1879 - March 16, 1932) was a British poet, the proprietor of the Poetry Bookshop in London which helped many famous poets bring their work before the public.. British poet; proprietor of the Poetry Bookshop

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Sorley , Charles

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. British war poet of World War I

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Newbolt , Henry

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Sir Henry John Newbolt, CH (6 June 1862 – 19 April 1938) was an English poet, novelist and historian. He also had a very powerful role as a government adviser, particularly on Irish issues and with regard to the study of English in England. He is perhaps best remembered for Vitaï Lampada .

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Lazowertówna , Henryka

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Henryka Lazowertówna (pron. x n ' r k a w a z v r ' t u v n a ; in full Henryka Wanda Lazowertówna ); also Henryka Lazowert, or wrongly Lazawert, (born 19 June 1909 in Warsaw ; died August 1942 at Treblinka ) was a Polish lyric poet. While in general deeply personal in nature and of great emotive intensity, her poetry is not devoid of social concerns and patriotic overtones. She is considered one of the most eminent Polish authors of Jewish descent.

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Gurney , Ivor

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Ivor Bertie Gurney (28 August 1890 – 26 December 1937) was an English composer and poet.. English composer and poet

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Stori , Kabir

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Dr. Kabir Stori (Pashto : also spelled as Storai, Storay, Storae) is considered as one of the Pashto language prominent patriotic poet from Afghanistan. He was also a talented writer who wrote books on psychology in Pashto language.

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Longley , Michael

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Michael Longley, CBE (born 27 July 1939) is a poet from Belfast in Northern Ireland .

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Crémazie , Octave

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Octave Crémazie (April 16, 1827 – January 16, 1879) was a French Canadian poet. He has been called "the father of French Canadian poetry" for his patriotic verse, often rhetorical in style, celebrating such subjects as Montcalm's defence of Fort Carillon in "Le drapeau de Carillon". Other poems include "Le vieux soldat canadien" and the unfinished "Promenade des trois morts".. The father of French Canadian poetry

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Carey , Henry

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Henry Carey (c. 26 August 1687 – 5 October 1743) was an English poet, dramatist and song-writer. He is remembered as an anti-Walpolean satirist and also as a patriot. Several of his melodies continue to be sung today, and he was widely praised in the generation after his death. Because he worked in anonymity, selling his own compositions to others to pass off as their own, contemporary scholarship can only be certain of some of his poetry, and a great deal of the music he composed was written for theatrical incidental music. However, under his own name and hand, he was a prolific song writer and balladeer, and he wrote the lyrics for almost all of these songs. Further, he wrote numerous operas and plays. His life is illustrative of the professional author in the early 18th century. Without inheritance or title or governmental position, he wrote for all of the remunerative venues, and yet he also kept his own political point of view and was able to score significant points against the ministry of the day. Further, he was one of the leading lights of the new "Patriotic" movement in drama.. English poet dramatist and song-writer

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Reed , Henry

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Henry Reed (22 February 1914 - 8 December 1986) was a British poet, translator, radio dramatist and journalist.. British poet translator radio dramatist and journalist

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Mayorga , Salomón Ibarra

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Salomón Ibarra Mayorga (September 8, 1887 – October 2, 1985) was a Nicaraguan poet, political thinker, and the lyricist of " Salve a ti, Nicaragua ", the Nicaraguan national anthem. His poetry is simple, expressive, musical in quality, and patriotic. A strong proponent of peace and democracy, he is honored in Nicaragua for his anti-interventionist stance and his patriotism .

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Záry , Stefan

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Štefan Žáry (December 12, 1918, Poniky – August 25, 2007, Bratislava ) was a Slovak poet, prosaist, translator and essayist; author of erotic lyric poetry, patriotic and anti-war poems, reminiscential prose. In his patriotic poems, he expressed his disappointment of a civilization progress. He translated mainly French literature .