First World War Centenary Poetry Collection


This collection of poetry, with its companion prose collection, commemorates the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914. Most of the poetry, all chosen by the readers, is in English, but the collection also includes poems in Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and Russian.

Please note that some poems are still protected by copyright in countries which observe copyright laws based on the author's date of death.

The majority of the poems were written during the war itself, but some poems have been included for their relevance in other ways. For more information about each poem, please see this document (PDF format), which also shows the poets' dates of death. (Summary by Ruth Golding)

Genre(s): Poetry, War & Military

Language: Multilingual

Section Chapter Author Source Reader Time Language
Play 01 Preface to Poems by Wilfred Owen Wilfred Owen Etext David Wales
00:01:33 en
Play 02 For the Fallen Robert Laurence Binyon Etext Ruth Golding
00:02:16 en
Play 03 Мама и убитый немцами вечер (Mama i ubity nemcami vecher) Vladimir Mayakovsky Etext Anastasiia Solokha
00:02:31 ru
Play 04 To Germany Charles Hamilton Sorley Etext John Hayward
00:01:34 en
Play 05 Range-finding Robert Frost Etext Winston Tharp
00:01:12 en
Play 06 The Red Flower Henry van Dyke Etext Lucy Perry
00:02:01 en
Play 07 Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht Walter Flex Etext Julia Niedermaier
00:01:10 de
Play 08 Dulce et Decorum Est Wilfred Owen Etext Kara Shallenberg
00:01:58 en
Play 09 Glory of Women Siegfried Sassoon Etext Ernst Pattynama
00:01:20 en
Play 10 There Will Come Soft Rains Sara Teasdale Etext Winston Tharp
00:01:11 en
Play 11 Lament in 1915 (B. H. W.) Harold Monro Etext Martin Geeson
00:04:57 en
Play 12 Not to Keep Robert Frost Etext MaryAnn
00:02:37 en
Play 13 In Flanders Fields John McCrae Etext David Wales
00:01:08 en
Play 14 Vernichtung August Stramm Etext Hokuspokus
00:01:02 de
Play 15 I Have a Rendezvous with Death Alan Seeger Etext Phil Schempf
00:01:35 en
Play 16 Alan Seeger Grantland Rice Etext Ruth Golding
00:02:36 en
Play 17 Espasmo Mario de Andrade Etext Leni
00:03:14 pt
Play 18 The Chances Wilfred Owen Etext Kara Shallenberg
00:01:22 en
Play 19 Au Reichstag Emile Verhaeren Etext Patrick Wallace
00:05:00 fr
Play 20 Scots of the Riverina Henry Lawson Etext Son of the Exiles
00:02:23 en
Play 21 The Star of Australasia Henry Lawson Etext Son of the Exiles
00:08:34 en
Play 22 The Hosts Alan Seeger Etext ravenotation
00:03:31 en
Play 23 Lines Alexander Gordon Cowie Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:41 en
Play 24 Wie in de loopgraaf ligt Albert Verwey Etext Anna Simon
00:03:10 nl
Play 25 Suicide in Trenches Siegfried Sassoon Etext Lynne T
00:01:01 en
Play 26 Conscious Wilfred Owen Etext filespnr
00:01:06 en
Play 27 An Irish Airman Foresees His Death William Butler Yeats Etext Sieska
00:01:22 en
Play 28 The Road not Taken Robert Frost Etext Kasper
00:01:07 en
Play 29 As the Team's Head-Brass Edward Thomas Etext Patrick Wallace
00:02:42 en
Play 30 Slachtveld Abraham Eliazer van Collem Etext Anna Simon
00:04:38 nl
Play 31 The Next War Wilfred Owen Etext Winston Tharp
00:01:22 en
Play 32 Exaltação da paz Mario de Andrade Etext Leni
00:05:12 pt
Play 33 The Messages Wilfrid Wilson Gibson Etext MaryAnn
00:02:00 en
Play 34 A New John Bull Henry Lawson Etext Son of the Exiles
00:02:30 en
Play 35 Champagne (1914-15) Alan Seeger Etext ravenotation
00:04:49 en
Play 36 Berliner Gerüchte Kurt Tucholsky Etext Patrick Wallace
00:01:40 de
Play 37 Selections from Severn and Somme Ivor Gurney Etext Alan Mapstone
00:08:29 en
Play 38 Langemarck at Ypres William Wilfred Campbell Etext MaryAnn
00:06:50 en
Play 39 Malédiction Henri Guilbeaux Etext Ruth Golding
00:04:46 fr
Play 40 Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France Alan Seeger Etext ravenotation
00:06:57 en
Play 41 The Dead Rupert Brooke Etext Winston Tharp
00:02:02 en
Play 42 At the Somme Under the Tricolour Mary Borden Etext Phil Schempf
00:10:22 en
Play 43 Война Объявлена (Vojna Obyavlena) Vladimir Mayakovsky Etext Anastasiia Solokha
00:02:23 ru
Play 44 Louse Hunting Isaac Rosenberg Etext Martin Geeson
00:01:50 en
Play 45 Maktoob Alan Seeger Etext ravenotation
00:03:52 en
Play 46 There's Another Blessed Horse Fell Down Andrew Barton Paterson Etext Son of the Exiles
00:02:18 en
Play 47 The White Comrade Robert Haven Schauffler Etext MaryAnn
00:05:00 en
Play 48 Im Osten Georg Trakl Etext Ruth Golding
00:01:02 de
Play 49 Edith Cavell Robert Laurence Binyon Etext ravenotation
00:03:46 en
Play 50 Op de oorlogsgrens Albert Verwey Etext Anna Simon
00:01:17 nl
Play 51 Anthem for Doomed Youth Wilfred Owen Etext Alan Mapstone
00:01:36 en
Play 52 The Price of Peace Henry van Dyke Etext SkyAlbatross
00:00:39 en
Play 53 To E. T. Robert Frost Etext Winston Tharp
00:01:38 en
Play 54 Does It Matter? Siegfried Sassoon Etext Lynne T
00:01:05 en
Play 55 Aan die komen C. S. Adama van Scheltema Etext Anna Simon
00:02:13 nl
Play 56 The Healers Robert Laurence Binyon Etext J Korth
00:01:45 en
Play 57 Might and Right Henry van Dyke Etext SkyAlbatross
00:00:42 en
Play 58 To His Love Ivor Gurney Etext Martin Geeson
00:01:17 en
Play 59 The Harvest Moon Josephine Preston Peabody Etext MaryAnn
00:02:59 en