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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


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 Disposable Wisdom
Each day Annie Lesley opened a can
Her eighty-six-year-old hands trembling
As she sat with her cat and ate pet food
What is wrong with this elder’s rendering?

Pride...

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Categories: world war i, age, cat, endurance, life,
Form: Rhyme
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 Sophie
Sophie Scholl was raised a Christian in a Lutheran family
Born in the town of Forchtenberg in south west Germany
For standing defiant against evil with her...

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Categories: world war i, death, girl, inspirational, rose,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Cora's Clothesline
What softness in silence amidst the cacophony of a spin cycle world war.
Lying next to your glow in sleep's stillness, careful of your bandaged hand.
Watching...

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Categories: world war i, desire, heart, innocence, june,
Form: Narrative



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 Last Train To Auschwitz
In nineteen forty four on the third of September
Is a date in my mind that I'll always remember
It was the date of the last train...

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Categories: world war i, abuse, death, evil, jewish,
Form: Narrative
Premium Member Onslaught
#One should be cautious in starting a war, but 
once begun, it should be carried out thoroughly#

     #Quote by Hirohito circa...

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Categories: world war i, allusion, america, world war
Form: Rhyme
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 A Rose By Any Other Name ---
Through the hushed whisper of the breeze
Flowing through the majestic circling pine trees
I sense that I have stepped
Into a sacred hallowed space

A GARDEN OF ROSES

A...

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Categories: world war i, beauty, humanity, love, peace,
Form: Ode
Premium Member No Heroes - Wwi
Heroes?

There are none here, now ... ever ...
      don’t feign to look, for your eyes will
    ...

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Categories: world war i, appreciation, introspection, life, soldier,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Pearls Beneath the Harbor
Our bank accounts nearly emptied so we could afford a vacation; two young working girls who'd never been far from home. We were looking forward...

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© Lin Lane  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: world war i, people, places, world war
Form: Haibun
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: Narrative
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 Lili Marlene
Lili Marlene

In times of war, love can subdue cynical adversaries
(Men separated from their vocation, now filled with hatred)
And quell the beast inside their misdirected hearts,
And...

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Categories: world war i, history, memorial day, remembrance
Form: Verse
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 At Dunkirk
At
Dunkirk,
where thousands
of stranded men
lined a bloody beach,
hope was draining with each
air strike delivered by the
unrelenting Germans’ aircraft.
Cold, starved, and injured men watched from shore -
their...

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Categories: courage, world war ii,
Form: Etheree
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
The Ultimate Sacrifice
I am the Unknown Soldier, i stand guard here on my own.
    For those who fought for freedom, but never returned home.
...

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Categories: world war i,
Form: Personification
Premium Member D Day
A place where peace should reign, yet terror grows.
A paradise where blood and children lie.
A beach where young boys played and now men die,
with liquid...

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Categories: world war ii,
Form: Italian Sonnet
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 Color and Diversity
The world's grey. Slowly, methodically,
Feathers from colorful birds have been burned.
Sheep in a fog on a snowy mountain.
One man thought uniformity equaled
Superiority, ugly furor.
Their ashes...

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Categories: world war i, color, discrimination, violence, world
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Thousands
Thousands living in fear
For they knew Hitler was growing near
In Poland her career would soon to be
As she helped scared persecuted to flee

Gas chambers were...

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Categories: world war i, history, obituary, tribute, woman,
Form: Free verse
Berlin 1945
Wild galloping horse
Berlin nineteen forty-five
Hoof pounding the Earth

10/01/17...

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© Jamie Pan  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: war, world war ii,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member The Last Token
I was five years old when the war was over 
August, 1945, and my daddy sent word 
He was on his way home from Guadalcanal....

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Categories: world war i, father son, memory, remember,
Form: Narrative