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Isuran Greifenherz
09-09-2005, 09:11
Hi guys, i need to write a Anthologie about War poems for English.
It would bee nice if you could paste some links to sites with War poems or just name me some sites or Authors.

09-09-2005, 09:19
Check out the excellent WW1 poem 'Dulce et Decorum Est' (http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/owen1.html) by Wilfred Owen i believe.

In fact you might want to check out the whole of http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/

09-09-2005, 09:35
I'm not sure what you mean by needing to write an anthology - do they want you to compile a set of poems, or write about them?

Anyway, Siegfried Sassoon is probably one of the best-known English-language war poets, and he also wrote a lot in prose. Hunting up a collection of his work will probably be a good start.

Rabid Bunny 666
09-09-2005, 09:59
thats vlame, i gave my poetry anthology back about 2 months ago, had a war poem in, i'll see if i can get it again

09-09-2005, 11:39
well, if it's not about any specific war, there is Ruyard Kipling, with things like "Young british Soldier", "Ford o' Kabul river" and "Fuzzy Wuzzy",concentrating on the XIXc. british wars.here (http://www.everypoet.com/archive/poetry/Rudyard_Kipling/kipling_contents.htm) is the link.

09-09-2005, 12:05
Not a war poem and sadly no link either (I am too lazy) but read Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Lord Tennison.

If you want more, PM me and I will e-mail you a word document with loads on.

Salty :)

EDIT: BTW, interesting fact; Sassoons sergeant shot him in the head as he was returning from a patrol of no-man's-land because he though Sassoon was an advancing German. Lucky git spent the rest of the war in England.

09-09-2005, 19:55
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

This poem is entitled "In Flanders fileds". It was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian soldier who served in the first world war. It is read at every Remembrance day in Canada. I find the part I embolded particularly poignant.

For more info: http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/flanders.htm

Just type in "in flanders field" in any search engine and you'll also get plenty of other links.

Tormentor of Slaanesh
09-09-2005, 20:07
charge of the light brigade, what a poem.

09-09-2005, 22:03
My favourite war poem (http://www.poemtree.com/poems/IrishAirmanForsees.htm)

Also, from Meditations in time of Civil war;

V. The Road at My Door

An affable Irregular,
A heavily-built Falstaffian man,
Comes cracking jokes of civil war
As though to die by gunshot were
The finest play under the sun.

A brown Lieutenant and his men,
Half dressed in national uniform,
Stand at my door, and I complain
Of the foul weather, hail and rain,
A pear-tree broken by the storm.

I count those feathered balls of soot
The moor-hen guides upon the stream.
To silence the envy in my thought;
And turn towards my chamber, caught
In the cold snows of a dream.

WB Yeats

09-09-2005, 22:07
This is for english gcse right?

If so, there's a whole book of the war poems (and other poems with different subjects such as growing up) you'll neeed to study. Bug your librarian for that book.;)


09-09-2005, 22:24
If you are doing the War Poetry you should read this:

Yeats and Owens (http://www.english.emory.edu/LostPoets/Yeats.html)

It ends a bit abruptly, seems a bit unfinished, but whats there is quite interesting.

09-09-2005, 22:54

Illiad by Homer.
You'll get kudos if your prof is a classics fan.