First World War Poetry Digital Archive

The Poems

Below you will find links to collections of poems by various war poets. In text analysis we generally refer to these as ‘corpora’ or a body of text. To begin with you should download these files to your computer and store them somewhere you can easily find. All the files are in ‘plain text’ format, i.e. without any formatting such as bold or italics, and thus should be easily opened in any word-processor (e.g. Notepad, Word, TextEdit, etc).

Not all the war poets are represented, and instead we have chosen those who represent differing styles to demonstrate what can be done with text analysis.

Only the text of the poems are used, i.e. none of the commentary found in scholarly editions, as this seminar is supposed to be an analysis of the poetry, not of the entire books themselves.