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War Poems | Examples of War Poetry

War Poems - Examples of all types of war poetry to share and read. This list of war poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup.  Warfare is an inherent part of life and writing about the sufferings and casualties of these conflicts in the form of beautiful and inspiring poems is just as natural. From the civil war to the Vietnam War and beyond, there have been many wars that have wreaked havoc on civilian life and the lives of soldiers. War poems detail the emotions of these events from the perspective of the combatant and human experience. Read short, long, best, and famous examples of war poetry. This list of works about war is an excellent resource for examples on how to write war poems.

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Premium Member India Pakistan border
across country border the hatred games, played with bullets for political aims, their history, their culture much the same, mislead, misinformed their passions aflame! year after year, generations of blame, their families bear same ancestral name, history forgotten from whence...Read More
Categories: war, angst, conflict, future, history,
Form: Rhyme



Hate
Hate In civilized quarters, an outrageous obscenity: Unwashed, perishing pant And, for real, a dismaying insanity, When a hater heatedly rants At his subject of unusual dislike, Whom he would’ve loved to strike: His heart hammering vessel –damaging beats, His head contending with...Read More
Categories: conflict, emotions, war,
Form: Rhyme
The negotiation table
The negotiation table With sounds of Booms Invading rooms And the mounting fears For the closest spears The negotiation table That could things make stable, Should step into the scene And hands not yet blood-stained keep clean. The four-legged furniture For every peace-craving creature Never...Read More
Categories: conflict, peace, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member if only
the red ran ... trickled slowly from mouth's corner down to where it disappeared beneath the collar of the little boy's SpongeBob t-shirt - bleached white turning crimson ... the streak wound its bloody path across cooling cappuccino skin, a tender surface that only moments earlier...Read More
Categories: death, war,
Form: Free verse
US vs US
US vs. US means - the United States (US) vs. United States (US) America at its worst. So this what we doing huh? This is what it comes down to? We just gon go to war with ourselves huh? ...Read More
Categories: war, america, conflict, death, people,
Form: Narrative



Premium Member Shawnee Vets
(for America’s original true Veterans) Government of Kings where shall you bide? Now that the Great Horned Serpent has appeared while Thunderbirds screech and lament in desolate skies? Oh great people of Our Grandmother! Amass your island conjure the Turtle retreat upon the seas of your origination. Oh Yakwawi! Hairless Bear...Read More
Categories: war,
Form: Free verse
No to War, No to Nukes
No discrimination-no greed- no war! United in peace we humans shall take heed, Calling all nations to heal the scar, Let love and compassion be the soul of our creed, Every scar of the past the...Read More
Categories: war, anger, betrayal, christian, hate,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member What's The Solution
Some Americans Don't want retaliation Call them Peace-sayers... Others want blood now Bomb them back to the stone age Call them War-mongers... And some are just scared They want to be safe from harm Call them what you will... All our reactions Are endless and...Read More
Categories: war, allusion, america, anti bullying,
Form: Haiku
Premium Member ADRIFT IN THE EBB
tryst of the moon and the stars - oh how far off, when the greed of war spoils with feldspar. eruptions of not the loins but clashes of steel — political coins care...Read More
Categories: war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member FORGOTTEN AND REPEATED
I never fought in Vietnam…my parents never had to worry…to fear…to morn…for the simple reason my draft number was connected to the day that I was born. I sat watching draft numbers being picked…wondering what I...Read More
Categories: peace, war,
Form: Rhyme
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
Faster than a precipitous squall, ivy spreads and climbs the wall.  It's quarried a landlocked structure in Nepal. Through the cracks wails an ominous battlefield call. The preamble of turnacets tied tight by medics to...Read More
Categories: war, allegory, emotions, evil, life,
Form: Prose
Premium Member Members Missing
Members Missing From, Hymns of My War Unpublished collection “Dear Mr. and Mrs. Thomson, In this casket is most of your son. We strongly recommend cremation. The rest remains missing in action, With the thanks of a grateful nation.” Graves registration...Read More
Categories: military, missing, remember, war,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member George Washington
Born-In Virginia on February 22,1732. Siblings-The first of six children. ...Read More
Categories: war, america, child, dad, marriage,
Form: List
peace keepers
clad in black berets and boots all camouflaged with heavy guns their armoured jeeps in Indian file like obedient dogs they march along faces pale from the burning sun peasants tender, weak and poor gaze helpless at the peacekeepers: what begets this...Read More
Categories: war, conflict, hope, irony, social,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member President Sam
As my favourite American president, I believe I would select Ulysses Grant, Who apparently was not all that competent, His charisma not notably dominant, In fact, he had only become eminent Because he had proved himself to be gallant During the...Read More
Categories: america, career, political, war,
Form: Ottava rima

Specific Types of War Poems

Read wonderful war poetry on the following sub-topics: anti, biological, brave, children, civil, cold war, cyber, economic, history, kids, nuclear, peace, political, sad, soldier, spanish, time, vietnam, world, ww1, ww2 and more.

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