Poetry of WW1

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Men Who March AwayTHOMAS HARDY
Critical- ‘Dalliers as they be’Patriotism-‘England’s need are we; her distress would leave us rueing’

In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations THOMAS HARDY
Pastoral -‘slow silent walk…half asleep as they stalk’

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Peace RUPERT BROOKE
Patriotism -‘sleep has mending’

The DeadRUPERT BROOKE
Patriotism -‘has made us rarer gifts of gold’

The SoldierRUPERT BROOKE
Patriotism-‘rich earth a richer dust concealed’

The VolunteerHERBERT ASQUITH
Patriotism-‘His lance is broken;but he lies content’

Into BattleJULIAN GRENFELL
Pastoral -‘The woodland trees that stand together’ Patriotism-‘Death moans and sings’

In Flanders FieldsJOHN McCRAE
Pastoral-‘the poppies blow..row on row’Patriotism-‘The torch;be yours to hold it high’ Horrors/Realities of war-‘The larks,still bravely singing, flt Scarce heard amid the guns below’

All the hills and vales along CHARLES SORLEY
Pastoral-‘Earth that knows of death, not tears’Patriotism-‘So be merry, so be dead’-‘Neath the cross that Christ had’

When you see millions of the mouthless deadCHARLES SORLEY
Horrors/Realities of war-‘Their blind eyes see not your tears flow’Critical-‘It is easy to be dead’-‘Say not soft things as other men have said’

Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries A.

E. HOUSMAN

Patriotism-‘Their shoulders held the sky suspended’Horrors/Realities of war-‘What God abandoned, these defended’ -‘took their wages and are dead’

Another Epitaph on an Army Mercenaries HUGH MACDIARMID
Critical-‘professional murderers’-‘It is a God-damned lie to say these (men) knew anything worth any man’s pride’

GrassCARL SANDBURG
Pastoral-‘I am grass. Let me work’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Pile the bodies high’

Range-Finding ROBERT FROST
Pastoral-‘The indwelling spider ran to greet the fly’Horrors/Realities of war-‘The stricken flower bent double’

The Death of a Soldier WALLACE STEVENS
Pastoral-‘The clouds go,nevertheless’Patriotism/Realities of war-‘Death is absolute’

CalligramGUILLAUME APOLLINAIRE
S/M/P consequences-‘The sky’s as blue and black as ink’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Darkness a shell whines over me’

Little Song of the Maimed BENJAMIN PERET
Critical-‘they didn’t give me back my leg…

I was given the croix de guerre’S/M/P consequences -‘wooden leg’Horrors/Realities of war-I ate lots of rats

On Being Asked for a War Poem W.B.YEATS
Critical-‘A poet’s mouth be silent’

Easter 1916W.

B YEATS

Critical-‘Too long a sacrifice’-‘they dreamed and are dead’

Sixteen Dead Men W.B YEATS
Critical-‘who can talk of give and take’Horrors/Realities of war

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death W.B.YEATS
Patriotism-‘I know that I shall meet my fate’-‘The years to come seemed waste of breath’

Reprisals W.

B YEATS

Critical -‘cheated death’-‘Half-drunk or whole-mad soldiery’ Horrors/Realities of war-‘Armed men May murder them in passing by’

They SIEGFRIED SASSOON
S/M/P consequences-‘George lost both his legs’Critical-‘Bishop said:The ways of God are strange!’Horrors/Realities of war-‘When the boys come back.They will not be the same’

The HeroSIEGFRIED SASSOON
Critical-‘Jack fell as he’d have wished..

.useless swine’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Blown to small bits.’Role of women-‘We mothers are so proud’

The Rear-Guard SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Horrors/Realities of war-‘blackening wound’S/M/P consequences-‘Savage’

The General SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Critical-‘incompetent swine’

Glory of Women SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Role of Women-‘You love us when we’re heroes’Satirical-‘You listen with delight’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Trampling the terrible corpses’

Everyone Sang SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Pastoral-‘prisoned birds must find in freedom’ Patriotism-‘Everyone suddenly burst out singing’

In Memorian (Easter 1915)EDWARD THOMAS
Pastoral-‘flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood’

The Cherry TreesEDWARD THOMAS
Pastoral-‘The cherry trees bend over’ Horrors/ Realities of war / Pity -‘May mourn when there is none to wed’

Rain EDWARD THOMAS
Pastoral-‘wild rain’Horrors / Realities of war /Pity-‘I pray that none (are) dying tonight

As the team’s head brassEDWARD THOMAS
Pastoral-‘The blizzard felled the elm whose crestPatriotism-‘When the war’s over’ Horrors/Realities of war-‘my mates ia dead.The second day In France they killed him’

To His Love IVOR GURNEY
Horrors/Realities of war-‘But still he died’S/M/P consequences -‘Thing I must somehow forget’

Ballad of the Three Spectres IVOR GURNEY
S/M/P consequences-‘laughing for a nice Blighty’Horrors /Realities of war-‘he’ll freeze in mud’

The Silent OneIVOR GURNEY
Horrors /Realities of War-‘hearing bullets whizzing’Critical ( of Patriotism)-‘(Polite to God)-‘noble fool,faithful’

On Receiving News of the War ISAAC ROSENBERG
Pastoral-‘Snow, ice, frost’Horrors/Realities of war-‘He mourns.

.His children dead’ , S/M/P consequences-‘malign kiss’

August 1914ISAAC ROSENBERG
Horrors/ Realities of war-‘What in our lives is burnt’S/M/P consequences-‘Molten right through our youth. A burnt space through ripe fields’

Break of Day in the Trenches ISAAC ROSENBERG
Pastoral-‘torn fields of France’Critical-‘whims of murder’Horrors/Realities of war-‘A queer sardonic rat’

Dead Man’s Dump ISAAC ROSENBERG
Horrors/Realities of war-‘A man’s brains splattered on A stretcher-bearer’s face’-‘shells go crying over them’Critical-‘Will they ever come?’S/M/P consequences-‘sinister faces lie’

Returning, We Hear the Larks ISAAC ROSENBERG
Horrors /Realities of war-‘Dragging these anguished limbs’Pastoral-‘But hark! joy-joy-strange joy.’

Anthem for Doomed Youth WILFRED OWEN
Horrors/Realities of war-‘monstrous anger of the guns’-‘shrill,demented choirs of wailing shells’Critical-‘who die as cattle?’

Dulce Et Decorum Est WILFRED OWEN
Horrors /Realities of war-‘Gas! Gas! Quick,boys!’Critical-‘The old lie:Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori’S/M/P consequences-‘I saw him drowning’

Exposure WILFRED OWEN
Horrors /Realities of war-‘merciless iced east winds that knife us’S/M/P consequences-‘All their eyes are ice’-‘For love of God seems dying’

Insensibility WILFRED OWEN
Horrors /Realities of War-‘The eternal reciprocity of tears’-‘Happy are men who yet before they’ are killed’Critical-‘Happy the lad whose mind was never trained’-‘Men,gaps for filling’

The Send-Off WILFRED OWEN
S/M/P consequences-‘May creep back,silent’Horrors / Realities of war-‘Down the close darkening lanes’Critical-‘wrongs hushed-up’

FutilityWILFRED OWEN
Horrors/Realities of war-‘Move him into the sun-Gently its touch awoke him’S/M/P consequences -‘Full-nerved, still warm’

Strange MeetingWILFRED OWEN
Horrors/Realities of war-‘I knew we stood in Hell’Man’s inhumanity to man’-‘I am the enemy you killed,my friend’S/M/P consequences-‘jabbed’ and ‘killed’-‘Let us sleep now.

..’

Sergeant-Major Money ROBERT GRAVES
Critical / Satirical -‘batty major..

.Colonel who drank”least of all, blame money’Horrors /Realities of War-‘swaddies began to sweat blood’S/ M/ P consequences-‘one poor sod shot himself’

Recalling WarROBERT GRAVES
S/M/P consequences-‘The inward scream,the duty to run mad’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Our youth became all-flesh’Critical-‘What, then, was war?’

The Persian Version ROBERT GRAVES
Critical-‘Truth-loving Persians’-‘trivial skirmish’

Two VoicesEDMUND BLUNDEN
Horror/Realities of War-‘death-news’-‘There’s something in the air’

The Zonnebeke RoadEDMUND BLUNDEN
Horrors/ Realities of War-‘Agony stares from each gray face’S/M/P consequences-‘O screaming dumbness’

Vlamertinghe:Passing the Chateau,July 1917EDMUND BLUNDEN
Pastoral -‘Bold great daisies…

Bubbling roses’Horrors/ Realities of War-‘May those have flowers who live with death and lice’

Report on Experience EDMUND BLUDEN
Pastoral-‘green country…villages vanished’S/M/P consequences-‘God sees how they run’Critical-‘His health.his honour and his quality taken’

BattlefieldRICHARD ALDINGTON
Horrors/Realities of war-‘rotting clothes and sacks’-‘shell-rent ground’

Winter WarfareEDGELL RICKWORD
Pastoral-‘horses,men and lice’Horrors/Realities of war-‘toes to frozen boot’Critical-‘Colonel Cold strode up the Line’

my sweet old etcetera E.E.CUMMINGS
Horrors/Realities of War-‘lay quietly in the deep mud’Critical (Role of Women) -‘isabel created hundreds(and hundreds) of socks’Patriotism-‘I would die etcetera bravely of course’

next to of course god america iE.E.

CUMMINGS

Patriotism (mocking sardonic tone) -‘next to of course god america’Critical-‘heroic happy dead’Horrors/Realities of war-‘rushed like lions to the roaring slaughter’

i sing of Olaf glad and bigE.E CUMMINGS
Horrors/Realities of War-‘bayonets roasted hot with heatCritical-‘more brave then me:more blond that you.’Man’s inhumanity to man-‘officers..did kick and curse’

In the DordogneJOHN PEALE BISHOP
Horrors/ Realities of War-‘And each day one died or another’Critical-‘there was courage and youth.

Ready to be wasted’

from In Parenthesis DAVID JONES
Horrors/Realities of war-‘cork-screw stapled trip-wire to snare’Pastoral-‘thick air dispels-‘The immediate foreground sheers up’Critical-‘small, drab, bundled pawns severally make effort’

For the Fallen LAURENCE BINYON
Horrors/Realities of war-‘Solemn the drums thrill:Death august and royal Patriotism (Enthusiasm)-‘Fallen in the cause of the free’Pastoral -‘They sleep beyond England’s foam’

from Hugh Selwyn Mauberly EZRA POUND
Horrors/Realities of war-‘walked eye-deep in hell’Man’s inhumanity to men-‘learning love of slaughter’Critical-‘botched civilization’

Triumphal MarchT.S.ELIOT
Patriotism-‘Then the sacrifice’-‘And the flags.And the trumpets’Horrors/Realities of War-‘Dust,Dust,Dust’-‘5,800,000 rifles and carbines

Elegy in a Country Churchyard G.

K. CHESTERTON

Critical-‘they that fought for England,Following a falling star’-‘Alas,alas for England.They have no graves afar’

Epitaphs of the warRUDYARD KIPLING
Horrors/Realities of War-‘Headless,lacking foot and hand’Patriotism-‘To save our honour and a world aflame’-‘Body and Spirit I surrendered whole’S/M/P consequences -‘He knows not shame nor fear’Critical-‘It is Fear,not Death that slays’Man’s inhumanity to man -‘I could not look on Death.Men led me to him, blindfold and alone’

Subalterns ELIZABETH DARYUSH
Role of Women-‘How glows My heart’Patriotism-‘Of battle’s glorious throes!’S/M/P consequences-‘knocked one awake.Now, life’s so deadly slow’

Rouen MAY WEDDERBURN CANNAN
Patriotism-‘All the youth and pride of England’-‘passing,cheering,waving’Horrors/Realities of war-‘When the world slips slow to darkness’

MCMXIVPHILIP LARKIN
Pastoral-‘countryside not caring’Horrors/Realities of War-‘Never such innocence again’Patriotism-‘crowns of hats’ -‘Grinning as if it were all An August Bank Holiday lark’

The Great WarVERNON SCANNELL
Horrors/Realities of war -‘corpses on the wire’Patriotism-‘honoured with rosettes of fire’Pastoral-‘Splattered with crimson flowers’

Six Young Men TED HUGHES
Pastoral-‘water of seven streams fall’S/M/P consequences-‘Forty years rotting into soil’Horrors/Realities of war-‘Six months after this picture they were all dead’

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