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Best World War I Poems

Below are the all-time best World War I poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of world war i poems written by PoetrySoup members


Premium Member Courage of Youth, Battle of Ypres, Flanders Field
Courage of Youth, Battle of Ypres, Flanders Field
(A Tribute)

Tough as nails young man with a red right hand
red-fire and whiskey ran in his blood.
Courageous seed...

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Categories: world war i, conflict, death, fate, sorrow,
Form: Sonnet



Premium Member A Thing of Beauty
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A thing of beauty on her wrist
was confiscated by a nurse
who looked for items soldiers missed
in places (and by means) much worse.

They branded her inside...

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Categories: world war i, holocaust, thanks, war, world
Form: Quatern
Premium Member The Dread Of Battle

Shrill whistle blew as we crossed over the wire
Charged at the Germans who opened fire 
Those who had run up ahead
Fell first; now lay dead,...

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Categories: world war i, fear, god, world war
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member THE RED POPPY
The symbol of remembrance is the red poppy
When I look upon it, this is what I see,
I see courage, sacrifice and extreme bravery
See thousands enlisting...

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Categories: world war i, appreciation, remembrance day, tribute,
Form: Rhyme
Little Toy Soldiers
Little Toy Soldiers going off to war
None will ever live to  see age twenty four
None of them even  know what they're fighting for
Little...

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Categories: world war i, boy, goodbye, peace, soldier,
Form: Rhyme



Premium Member Your Country Needs You
I've read many accounts on that horrific war that was WWI ,it was supposed to end all wars.
It was trench warfare and men fought and...

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Categories: world war i, death, soldier, world war
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Where White Crosses Grow
Rows and rows and rows of white crosses,
Like sentinels -stone-fixed to the ground.
The wind like a shroud wraps around them,
Enshrining each space where they're found.

Stone...

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Categories: world war i, death, hero, memorial day,
Form: Rhyme
war horse
Brumby.

A strong gale cuts its path across the snow laden mountain tops,
light and tough the timor, thoroughbred mix, leads his mob at a trot.
A day...

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Categories: horse, world war i,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
                  

    I am the...

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Categories: world war i,
Form: Personification
First World War
I envy the dust, the way it moves all free and careless,
released from it’s sleeping state the thunderous pounds 
of late shelling, again endless. 

Muffled...

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© Paul K K  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: world war i, bereavement, soldier, veterans day,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member No Heroes - WWI

Heroes? There are none, here ... now ... these are my brothers,
     these weary fools entrenched beside me - there is...

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Categories: world war i, appreciation, introspection, life, soldier,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Silent night
The air was brittle with the cold
mud made life so very hard to bare.
Came to mind that maybe xmas is soon
Remembers roaring fires and christmas...

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Categories: world war i,
Form: Verse
For the Fallen in Flanders Field - Original
Famished and flagging footsoldiers;
formerly fitters and farmers.
Facing fatigue, fitful fever,
faeces and foul, foetid fungi.
Fostering feelings, frustrated,
for this faraway, foreign field.

Forsaking fissures and furrows,
forced forwards with...

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Categories: world war i, conflict, death, history, memorial,
Form: Alliteration
Premium Member The War In My Mind
The war is over
The war continues in my mind
Seeing in my mind's eye my first kill

"He's mine, I saw him first," I told the other...

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Categories: world war i, conflict, soldier, war, world
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Call To Arms
Lord Kitchener sent out the call to arms
In England boys and men heeded the call
Women took over the factories and farms
Before the armistice thousands would...

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Categories: world war i, history, war, world war
Form: Sonnet
In pursuit of world peace
When I reached at 4,
My father brought, 
A packet of gift;
Held me to heart,
Kissed my cheeks,
Then handed to me, 
Saying "happy birthday my son,"
Opened and...

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Categories: peace, world war i,
Form: Prose Poetry
Red Poppies Of Flanders
Red Poppies of Flanders

Digging trenches 
Dawn to dusk
Forcing shovels 
In the dust...

Weather's freezing 
Clothes to skin
While it's raining,
Yet, again...

Rank and muddy 
Head to toe
Slip and...

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Categories: world war i, soldier, veterans day, world
Form: Rhyme
Fields of red of Poppy leaf
Fields of red, of poppy leaf
The fields where  so many brave came to grief
Brave men indeed who refused to kneel
To give freedom to others,...

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Categories: world war i, remembrance day, war, world
Form: Verse
YOU WEREN'T EVEN THERE
Do not dare
To form poetry of war
If you weren't even there.
Do not dare
To pin the medal
to an unblooded tunic.
They have never shone in glory,
Nor, even...

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Categories: world war i,
Form: I do not know?
Farewell to the ANZACs
All the Anzacs have faded back into the past
And the old men now rest with their mates
We can hope they play 2 up and still...

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Categories: world war i, memorial, soldier, tribute, war,
Form: Ballad
Premium Member A Remembrance Day Poem
Christ and the Soldier by Siegfried Sassoon (1916)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7OEnXw7P60


The straggled soldier halted and clumsily went down  "O blessed crucifix, I'm beat !"
Christ still sentried by...

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Categories: world war i, world
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Remembrance Day


REMEMBRANCE DAY
I never even knew you; I was born a long time after your sad death
But: I do know the future you gave me, with...

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Categories: world war i, anniversary, appreciation, flower, for
Form: Couplet
Dreams taken by demons
Like a poppy waiting for thunder or the grass that knows it’s gone
The floor shakes and it crumbles as man sings his favourite song

Red mist...

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Categories: world war i, abuse, conflict, confusion, destiny,
Form: Free verse
They Never Went To War
They never went to war; they stayed at home
The young, the old, the unwell and the dead
The women who were not allowed to roam
The men...

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Categories: world war i, death, loss, men, war,
Form: Iambic Pentameter
School of life
Every Situation that is challenging
Trust me it is life Changing 
And if you think I'm joking
You should ask yourself why I'm always praying
and not playing

Life...

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Categories: world war i,
Form: Alliteration