First World War Poetry Digital Archive

An Introduction to WWI Poetry

Introduction

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.

Theme

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: