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  • Geoffrey Dearmer (1893 - 1996)
    Geoffrey Dearmer LVO (21 March 1893 – 18 August 1996) was a British poet. He was the son of Anglican liturgist and hymnologist Percy Dearmer. During World War I, Dearmer was commissioned and s...
  • Carl Gottlieb Hinkel (1793 - 1817)
    Poet and Napoleonic Wars Freedom Fighter - Founder member of Corps Saxonia Leipzig The Poet and Freedom Fighter Carl Gottlieb Hinkel was a contemporary of Theodor Körner, Ernst Moritz Arndt an...
  • Louis Arthur Klemantaski, 2nd Lt. (1891 - 1916)
    Louis Arthur Klemantaski (1891-1916), 2nd Lieut., 8th (Service) Battn., Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire Regt.), was the eldest son of Sidney Klemantaski and his wife Lizzie nee Phillips ...
  • Walter de la Mare (1873 - 1956)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Walter John de la Mare , ( 25 April 1873 – 22 June 1956) was an English poet, short story writer and novelist. He is probably best remembered for his works...
  • G.K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
    Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936) was an English writer. He wrote on philosophy, ontology, poetry, plays, journalism, public lectures and debates, literary and art c...

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." http://www.warpoets.org/

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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