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    Reginald Evelyn Peter Southouse Cheyney (22 February 1896 – 26 June 1951), known as Peter Cheyney , British crime fiction writer who flourished between 1936 and 1951. Cheyney is perhaps best...
  • Philip Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)
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  • Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895 - 1915)
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  • Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart (1888 - 1917)
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart (17 August 1888 – 30 December 1917) was an Eton College and Oxford scholar of the Edwardian era who died on active service ...
  • T. P. Cameron Wilson (1886 - 1918)
    Theodore Percival Cameron Wilson (April 25, 1888 - March 23, 1918), was an English poet and novelist of World War I, best known for his poem Magpies in Picardy. Wilson was born in Paignton, Devon, ...

War Poets

This project is dedicated to poets who wrote about the experience of war. The object is to assemble war poets of all periods and nationalities, with a primary focus on conflicts since 1914 – mainly the First World War, Spanish War 1936-39, Second World War and Ireland.

Poets have written about the experience of war since the Greeks, but the young soldier poets of the First World War established war poetry as a literary genre. Their combined voice has become one of the defining texts of Twentieth Century Europe.

In 1914 hundreds of young men in uniform took to writing poetry as a way of expressing their emotions and experiences.

Although ‘war poet’ tends traditionally to refer to active combatants, war poetry has been written by many ‘civilians’ caught up in conflict in other ways: Cesar Vallejo and WH Auden in the Spanish Civil War, Margaret Postgate Cole and Rose Macaulay in the First World War, James Fenton in Cambodia.

War poetry is not necessarily ‘anti-war’. It is often about identity, innocence, guilt, loyalty, courage, compassion, humanity, duty, desire, death. Its response to these questions.

"War poetry is currently studied in every school in Britain. It has become part of the mythology of nationhood, and an expression of both historical consciousness and political conscience. The way we read – and perhaps revere – war poetry, says something about what we are, and what we want to be, as a nation."

Please add the names of War Poets to to the list below. If the person has a profile on Geni please link them to the project and add their link in bold.

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  • Jeffery Day (1896-1918) was an English war poet, killed in an air battle towards the end of World War I over the sea.
  • Geoffrey Dearmer (1893-1996)
  • Walter John de la Mare, OM, CH (25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was an English poet, short story writer and novelist.(In Wiki list of War Poets)
  • Eva Dobell (1876–1963) was a British poet, nurse, and editor, best known for her poems on the effects of World War I and her regional poems. She was the niece of Sydney Dobell - Victorian Poet.
  • William Arthur Dunkerley (12 November 1852 - 23 January 1941) a.k.a. John Oxenham




















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