Prose & Poetry - Introduction
More than any other conflict, the Great War inspired writers of all generations and classes, most notably among combatants.
The war's poets are chiefly celebrated today, although much outstanding prose work was also produced by such poets as Sassoon and Blunden, chiefly in the form of personal memoir. This section profiles the more renowned authors and contains samples of their work.
Also available in this section are extended features, including a profile of Robert Graves - and, more unusually but nevertheless intriguing, a piece on literary ambulance drivers... There are also two articles written about the author of the war's most famous poem: In Flanders Fields.
The 1917 collection of wartime poetry The Muse in Arms has also been republished here in its entirety.
Click on the relevant links below to access individual articles.
|Walter de la Mare||Winifred Holtby|
|Thomas Hardy||Robert Graves|
|Ellis Evans||Alfred Edward Housman|
|Ernest Hemingway||Julian Grenfell|
|Ford Madox Ford||Thomas Hulme|
|Hermann Hesse||Ivor Gurney|
|Wilfred Wilson Gibson|
|Robert Nichols: A Poet Rediscovered||Review of a new book by Anne and William Charlton|
|France Somewhere||Fictional account of 1st U.S. enlisted man to die in WW1|
|Any Soldier to His Son||Poem reflecting upon its author's wartime experiences|
|The Muse in Arms||1917 collection of 131 war-related poems|
|War Poetry of S J Robinson||Present-day collection of WW1 poetry|
|Not So Hidden Agendas: Wilfred Owen||History of the publication of Owen's work|
|Satirical Magazines of the First World War||British wartime humour celebrated|
|German and British Memoirs of WW1||Survey of wartime memoirs|
|Story of John McCrae||Life and times of the poet/doctor|
|Making of In Flanders Fields||How the war's best-known poem was written|
|Literary Ambulance Drivers||Men and women who volunteered to serve|
|Robert Graves: A Twentieth Century Life||Summary of the prolific life of Robert Graves|
A 'flying pig' was a mortar bomb.
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