First World War Poetry Digital Archive

An Introduction to WWI Poetry


This seminar is intended as an introduction to First World War poetry. First time users are strongly advised to read the Seminar Introduction, which gives a brief overview of the genre as well an explanation for the poetry selected for this seminar. A seminar map is also available, listing all the pages in this seminar.


In order to provide a focus for this seminar, all of the 'featured' poems have been selected for their appropriateness to a given theme. The theme selected is that of injury and the physical, mental and other consequences of this.

The Poems

In most cases each poet or topic includes the following:

  • An introduction to the poet/topic
  • A featured poem, appropriate to the seminar's theme
  • Some literary criticism of the featured poem
  • Other relevant information or texts
  • A selection of other poems appropriate to the poet/topic
  • Access to the WWI Poetry Discussion Board