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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,



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

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,

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 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,

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,

THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE
                  

    I am the...

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Categories: world war i,

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,

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,

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,

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

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,

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

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

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,

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,

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

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,

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,

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,

remembrance day
today 
we think of those who went to war
we think of them and what they were fighting for
they stood for what they believed was right
they...

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Categories: world war i, freedom, remembrance day, veterans

Tears from 1914
Fallen boys with white crosses,
your nightmares now peaceful dreams.
Gone the shrapnel, the bullets,
trenches of blood crimson streams.

To earth, condemned, fears of men,
fertile ashes to brave...

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© Marco Bing  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: world war i, remembrance day, soldier, war,

Premium Member My Bright Orange Rugby Shirt
The bright orange rugby shirt I had, 
When I was fourteen, fifteen, sixteen and seventeen,  
Was my trophy and my pride and joy, 
Never...

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Categories: world war i, fashion, hero, history, peace,

Premium Member A Big Red Bow

Liberties subtle whisper, kicked up dust, his boots it lingers. 
	Glistening brow, hope pours by sweat drips, reflecting restless weathered fingers.

Foreshadowed looks a worried face,...

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Categories: world war i, blessing, dream, freedom, independence

I Wish
I wish the world was peaceful
And no one had to die
I wish to banish agony and pain
So no one had to cry
I wish for no...

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Categories: world war i, veterans day, world war