Wilfred Owen is the best known of the First World War poets, and this poem - together with Dulce et Decorum est - are particularly well known.
Remembrance Day Poems
Lots NEW! In Flanders Fields, For the Fallen and We Shall Keep the Faith are three poems traditionally associated with Remembrance Day. We've included extra poems written during or after the First World War - both well known and less known - with which to explore war poetry further. Read them online here or enjoy our printable versions, in colour or black and white.
One verse of the poem "For the Fallen" by Laurence Binyon is now often used at Remembrance Day services. Read the whole poem here, online, or scroll down for a printable version of both the whole poem and of just the verse which begins "They shall not grow old"..
The poem "In Flanders Fields" by Dr John McCrae, written in 1915, is the reason that we use poppies to remember those that have died in wars. Read below or scroll down for our printable version.
Thomas Hardy wrote this poem at the outbreak of the First World War, in 1914. He was 74 years old so would not be experiencing the horrors of the war, which he felt was "just" and necessary.
The author of The Lament Of The Demobilised, Vera Brittain, is best known for her memoirs, Testament of Youth. Vera worked as a nurse during World War I and the poem tells of her experiences when she came back.
Rupert Brooke's poem, The Soldier, was written at the beginning of the First World War, in 1914, and he died a year after writing it. Read it here or download a printable version, in colour or black and white, below.
This poem by the American poet Sara Teasdale was first published in 1918. It reminds us that the natural world carries on regardless of war - at the same time reassuring and rather chilling!