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World War I Poems

World War I Poems. Read and share great examples of poetry about world war i. This list of poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, famous, and modern examples for world war i.

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Premium Member OLD BOOKS
When I wander into a bookstore I always like to look
around on all the shelves to find the oldest book

I love to feel the leather in my hands, turn its pages and what’s more
I like to wonder what brought this...Read More
Categories: world war i, books,
Form: Verse



Premium Member And then the guns fell silent
And then the guns fell silent
Smoke and death were in the air
The sounds of echoed silence, 
so many dead were everywhere
Your eyes were tired and weary 
but you did not dare break your stare
Friends and comrades lie around us, 
the...Read More
Categories: world war i, cry, death, deep, fear, horror, soldier, world
Form: Dramatic Verse
Roguish reincarnated ribbing raconteur
Roguish reincarnated ribbing raconteur...

Ruminating, while rustling, and roping
regular riff raff galore
with deliberate intent tomb ache
mummy dearest laugh
till she falls down Mariana Trench
deep down on zee sea floor,

where tears trickle thence pour
down her cheeks
causing flash floods that did roar
back in the...Read More
Categories: world war i, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, america,
Form: Political Verse
In Arms
In Memorial to All: And John McCrae

Every man has to die
In time
It always will be

To begin, to end
Is the way
It must be

Torn, beaten, we live
In time
Is for us to be

So many different worlds
But we are one
Meant to be  

...Read More
Categories: humanity, sad, world war i,
Form: Free verse
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 a seraphim between two splintered trees did speak  
"My son, behold these hands and...Read More
Categories: world war i, world war ii,
Form: Narrative



Thralldom etched in Homo sapiens mine DNA
Thralldom etched in Homo sapiens (mine) DNA

Though your true blue stated civilian
never enlisted nor impressed,
nonetheless I own an opinion
originally embarked on poetic quest
to express purposelessness,

when soldiers rest
at peace i.e. eternally,
many attired courtesy
smart uniform strong with zest.

Psyche steeped, macerated, brewed
as token...Read More
Categories: world war i, 10th grade, 11th grade, 12th grade, 9th
Form: Political Verse
Millennials Dont Know
Millennials standing most assured
need no knowledge of the war
Too evolved, won’t be anymore,
Yet lessons prevent they ignore

For war was long before their time
and now all are living fine
how or why not on their mind
assured all war is left behind 

Oh...Read More
Categories: world war i, conflict, education, history, memorial day, world war
Form: Rhyme
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 your last dying breath
Indiana Shaw . . . -_-
...Read More
Categories: world war i, anniversary, appreciation, flower, for her, for him,
Form: Couplet
Premium Member Poppy for a Conscientious Objector
I apologise,
for not wanting to kill innocent men.
I apologise,
for not working in the munitions den.
I apologise,
for not joining the fight on foreign shore.
I apologise,
for not being blown up in the futility of war.

I apologise,
for volunteering my songs in the Orphanage.
I...Read More
Categories: angst, courage, military, world war i, world
Form: Rhyme
Children of Rojava
Dear Humanity!
Dear Mothers!, dear Sisters!, dear Brothers!
Do you hear while I am weeping?
Whats in all your ears?
To ignore my sorrow for so many years!
What covers your eyes?
To blind you,
And not to see my tears
Oh, my Dear Humanity,
For you to be...Read More
Categories: world war i, abuse, allah, america, arabic, children, death, world
Form: ABC
Premium Member Darling Can You Hear Me


Darling can you hear me
I'm stood here in the mud,
Wishing I could hold you
Oh that would feel so good.

Darling can you hear me
My rifle's in my hand,
Soon enough we'll be off
Out into no-mans land.

Darling can you hear me
The whistles set...Read More
Categories: death, love, world war i,
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 died in hellish conditions.
It inspired me to write this fictional verse.



The posters said come fight...Read More
Categories: death, soldier, world war i,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member What would our ancestors say
What of them?
What do you think that they would they say?
Do you think they turn and ran when democracy was at stake?

What of all that suffering, all that hate seems to stay! What about all that blitz fear that they...Read More
Categories: world war i, children, conflict, discrimination, drink, fear, world war
Form: Free verse
Life journey
Neither in happiness,
nor in suffering,
Neither in zero,
nor at peak,
Not in fear,
nor in silence.!!

Life journey into infinity.!!

Neither in whole sky ,
nor in the deepest ocean .
Neither At the speed of time,
Nor in the stroke of arms.

Life journey into infinity.!!!

Neither in win...Read More
Categories: beautiful, words, work, world, world war i,
Form: ABC
Glory and Madness
They were twisting, shaking, breaking,and
mad.
The shattering of their minds went unseen,
and unheard.
They were the lost generation.
Spilling the remnants of their tattered souls,
out along with their whiskey.

They were running,
running from what they had done,
And from what they had failed to do.

The...Read More
Categories: world war i, city, dark, remember, sad, tribute, world war
Form: Free verse
Premium Member You are not Churchill
We did fight on the beaches. 
We won the war. 
We fought for democracy, for peace forevermore. 
Churchill held a nation in his palm and swore we’d never surrender. 
But that was not peace time that was war and his...Read More
Categories: world war i, anger, appreciation, betrayal, conflict, remember, world war
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member DEMOCRACY
Democracy

What’s in it for us?

Yes, I know it was fought for but those histories apart, those values of time are such a long way back for us.

So democracy is just a word in a politicians parley. What really does it...Read More
Categories: world war i, conflict, confusion, corruption, memory, remember, world war
Form: Dramatic Verse
Premium Member WHO for OUR democracy DIED
They claim it legitimate 
They claim it fact
But the tide has turned
There’ll be no turning back

The lines of life die under bitter, sharp dust
For here and now the do is must

The time we had sleeps in deep fond memory
The sunshine...Read More
Categories: world war i, anger, betrayal, destiny, memory, remembrance day, world
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Oh My Dear Son, If Only You Knew

Just turned seventeen when I took the shilling
Got a smart uniform, and some shiny boots too
Then off to camp to learn about killing,
Oh my dear son, if only you knew.

Next stop was France, a young lad abroad
How welcoming and warm...Read More
Categories: death, horror, world war i,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member An English Man of Arabia
An English man proved salvation's worth, 
even in desert's unforgiving scald. 
In life 'nothing is written' in the Earth,  
Lawrence of Arabia he was called.

He rode alone to rescue a stranger, 
from scorching devil's anvil sun-scoured sand.
Judged and shot...Read More
Categories: soldier, world war i,
Form: Sonnet
Brothers In Arms
"Brothers In Arms"

Brothers in Arms are many things

Brothers in Arms are maybe but also
Not what you think

Brothers in Arms are many things

Brothers in Arms are maybe but also
Exactly what you think

Brothers in Arms are many things

Brothers in Arms are Babies,...Read More
Categories: world war i, brother, nature, riddle, war, word play, world
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Ivory Towers



Just two hundred yards it was

But a sea of festering mud,

Separating water filled trenches

Where nervous and frightened men stood.

It will take but a whistle

Then these soldiers, they'll all visit hell

Men will flounder, die in their droves

'Neath a hail of bullet...Read More
Categories: death, world war i,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Tommy's War
Tommy joined up in 1914
Though he was really too young
He was just seventeen

They gave him a uniform 
They gave him a gun
They sent him to France to fight the Hun

Why he was fighting he wasn't sure
He was an innocent victim...Read More
Categories: loss, relationship, soldier, world war i, youth,
Form: Rhyme
Build Myself a Crown
Hammer high, hammer high
Dreams of love or war
Replicate and manipulate.
Metal. Metal.
Manufacture, mould, make do and mend
Build myself a crown.

Fracture and rot 
Show me your broken bones.
Build it high
Spire, spitfire, situation tires
Into overspilling global landscapes
Of thrones put out to sea.

Nightmares are...Read More
Categories: world war i, art, conflict, metaphor, war, world, world war
Form: Free verse
Premium Member No Comfort



What reason then for celebration,

As we tore at one another's throats.

For fell the youth of warring nations,

Yet in the end the victors gloat.

So they stand in vain parade,

Awarding medals to the brave,

No comfort to a weeping mother,

As her loved one...Read More
Categories: death, loss, world war i,
Form: Rhyme