Get Your Premium Membership

War Poems | Examples of War Poetry

War Poems. Below are examples of poems about wars. This list of war poems is composed of the works of modern international poet members of 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, famous, and modern examples of war poetry. This list of works about war is an excellent resource for examples on how to write war poems.

See Also:

The poem(s) are below...



Poem Topics Related to War

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.

List of War Poems

Note: The forms for these poems were selected by the poet. Often poems are assigned the wrong form. Please confirm the accuracy of the poetic form before referencing the poem.

PMPoem TitlePoetFormCategories  
Silent Sacrifice Christopher Goss Free verse conflict, hope, memorial, war,
Rains of Parmethia Christopher Goss Free verse conflict, dark, loss, war,
Hell House - Part - 7 Vladislav Raven Epic war, dark, dream, emotions, fantasy,
Premium Member Poem A Little Known Fact Jack Ellison Limerick war,
Casualty Lists Paul Warren Ballad remember, remembrance day, war,
Stamped Denied Fabiola Rios Lyric war, anger, anxiety, appreciation, conflict,
Dunkirk Damian Keady Free verse world war ii,
Remembrance David Horne Blank verse war, death, memory, remembrance day,
Let the Children cry John Dickinson Prose Poetry war,
Premium Member Poem WORLD WAR ONE Demetrios Trifiatis Free verse hate, love, peace, war,

Premium Member
BLACK- POWDERED BULLETS
by nette onclaud



On a muddy  moonless avenue
    his drooped silhouette tugs
    while the hollow niche of despair growls--
  ...

Read More
Dramatic Verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: angst, memory, war,

Before The Gates Of Alahsar - 3 - rewrite
by Vladislav Raven
On the third level, communal gardens
Lush were the large , emerald green squares
Small hedges hemming them in
one opening for too enter
Beyond the hedges a kaleidoscope...

Read More
Epic | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war, dark, death, dream, fantasy,

11:11:11:18
by Stephen Harper
Then
the guns
fell
silent

"Is that it?"
"What do we do now?"

"Go home" echoed out
"Nothing to see here, the attacker has been dealt with"
"Keep moving along - it's a...

Read More
Blank verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: conflict, murder, world war

Final Kiss
by Wayne Wysocki
"What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in...

Read More
Iambic Pentameter | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: goodbye, love, war,

Premium Member
Questions Of Honor
by Word Hobo
Look!
	now they sleep      bloodless warriors
	pandemonium stilled      agony slain tranquil
	death sanctified in rigid cartesian rows
	honored for...

Read More
Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: betrayal, veterans day, war,

Premium Member
Kindness And Tears
by Emile Pinet

Only a hero volunteers for war,
one willing to kill and die for others.
And do things they would normally abhor,
rallying into a band of brothers
to defend...

Read More
Quintain (English) | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war, 12th grade, abuse, anger,

Premium Member
Thankful Streams of Thought
by Winged Warrior
                        ...

Read More
Enclosed Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: hero, remembrance day, war,

Premium Member
Courage and Resilience
by Caren Krutsinger
The striking strawberry-colored roses refused to give up,
Resisted the snow as valiantly as any dragon-slayer
They standout artistically against the sparkly white backdrop 
The first thing...

Read More
Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: veterans day, world war

Lest We Forget
by Pixie Dust


Lest we erase the database of war that brought "grace" 
Lest we smite wars slight, the one that gave us our "right" 
  ...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: world war ii,

Premium Member
Why He Fought 8 x 8
by Carolyn Devonshire
Soldier stashed a silver locket
Safe inside his jacket pocket
When the war would numb his senses
He’d break down and drop pretenses
Open up the only token
That recalled...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: love, war,

The Trench
by John Steward
We've dug down deep.
We've dug our trench.
This smell of death
We wish to quench.
The mortars fall on muddy field.
The bodies mount in no mans land.
The enemies...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, remembrance day, war,

The Forgotten Soldier
by Indiana Shaw
The Forgotten Soldier

Clickety clack - clickety clack; the train trundled on empty stations of an old past
Lightweight in its endeavours - portraying its only passengers...

Read More
Couplet | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war, appreciation, remembrance day, world

Premium Member
Easy Lads No Need To Run
by Gary Smith



"Easy lads, no need to run"
The keen young officer called,
"We've shelled the buggers night and day
We must have killed them all."

"The barbed wire's blown apart
Ahead...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: loss, world war i,

Premium Member
PEEK A BOOM
by JENNIFER PROXENOS
PEEK A BOOM!

Take a peek,
See what’s looming,
Populations booming,
Take a peek,
Things don’t seem sweet,
Soldiers marching, many feet,
Take a peek,
Priest holds communion cup,
Wardens locking prisoners up,
Take a...

Read More
Enclosed Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: death, political, war,

Premium Member
In Remembrance of Veterans Day 8x8
by Winged Warrior
                        ...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: conflict, hero, war,

Premium Member
Called history repeating itself
by liam mcdaid
Balanced through life's cup 
our climate changes as war grips many poor souls 
Caught victims in a maze poisoned by this pollution 

Trillions dropped in...

Read More
Terza Rima | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war, emotions, feelings, peace, truth,

Daughter of Zion II
by LIde Sangtam
Lord, let Gog mourn in the Mountains of Israel,
Let is cry echo through the valley of Medina,
And through the mountains of Ararat.
From the lands of...

Read More
Narrative | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war, bible, christian, jesus, jewish,

The Centenary of Remembrance
by Edward Clapham
The Centenary of Remembrance

The ranks of sunflowers follow the contours 
Of the vale, marching across to the ridge in 
The distance. Roots reach down into...

Read More
Blank verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: remembrance day, world war

Eleven Eleven War is Over
by Christopher Flaherty
I hasten to place much faith in idle talk 
Reality tells me i am never getting out of here
Rather I am destined to die here...

Read More
Free verse | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: war,

Premium Member
Returning home
by Vijay Pandit
His life now has permanently changed
Costing him more than aches and pain
As slowly he walks on prosthetic legs
Humility reigns, taxing venturous brain.

Propelling courage fiercely he...

Read More
Rhyme | Create an image from this poem. | Categories: courage, hero, hurt, war,