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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, war, world
Form: Sonnet



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: holocaust, thanks, war, world war i,
Form: Quatern
Premium Member Veterans Are People
VETERANS ARE PEOPLE

I fought in the trenches of World War I
In the foxholes of World War II
I was in the Korean Conflict
And the rice paddies...

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Categories: world war i, history, patriotic, people, thank you, tribute,
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, war, world
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, war, world
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: death, soldier, world war i,
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, world war
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
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, violence, war,
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member Plockton - Wester Ross
The greatest holiday gift I ever received  
Goes back so many, many years
Before my life became turmoiled
And before my tears for fears

I was a...

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Categories: world war i, adventure, angst, death, fear, history, hope,
Form: Rhyme
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
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, war, world
Form: Free 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, remembrance day,
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: conflict, soldier, war, world war i,
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: history, war, world war i,
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: soldier, veterans day, world war i,
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: remembrance day, war, world war i,
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, world war
Form: Ballad
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 war ii,
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 her, for
Form: Couplet
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, women, world
Form: Iambic Pentameter
Freedom's Destination
Freedom's Destination

Some foreign country
Some funny name

After awhile
They all sound the same

Grandpa went first
Back then World War I

And didn't come home
'Til the job was all done

My...

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© Jerry Cox   Create an image from this poem.
Categories: world war i, appreciation, freedom, memorial day, military, poetry,
Form: Free verse