Prose & Poetry - Introduction

Front cover of 1917 collection of war poems "The Muse in Arms" 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.

Prose & Poetry (Index A-C)

Biography Name
United KingdomRichard Aldington United KingdomEdmund Blunden
United KingdomJohn Buchan United KingdomSir Winston Churchill
FranceGuillaume Apollinaire FranceAndre Breton
United KingdomCharles Carrington United KingdomNorman Cliff
United KingdomBruce Bairnsfather United KingdomVera Brittain
United KingdomGuy Chapman United KingdomSir Arthur Conan Doyle
FranceHenri Barbusse GermanyHermann Broch
United KingdomG K Chesterton United KingdomGeorge Coppard
United KingdomLaurence Binyon United KingdomRupert Brooke
United KingdomErskine Childers United KingdomLeslie Coulson

Prose & Poetry (Index D-H)

Biography Name
United KingdomWalter de la Mare United KingdomWinifred Holtby
United KingdomThomas Hardy United KingdomRobert Graves
United KingdomEllis Evans United KingdomAlfred Edward Housman
United States of AmerocaErnest Hemingway United KingdomJulian Grenfell
United KingdomFord Madox Ford United KingdomThomas Hulme
GermanyHermann Hesse United KingdomIvor Gurney
United KingdomWilfred Wilson Gibson

Prose & Poetry (Index J-P)

Biography Name
United KingdomDavid Jones United KingdomRudyard Kipling
AustraliaFrederic Manning United KingdomWilfred Owen
FrancePierre Jean Jouve United KingdomT. E. Lawrence
CanadaJohn McCrae United KingdomMax Plowman
FranceErnest Junger United KingdomFrancis Ledwidge
United KingdomSir Henry Newbolt AustraliaR. C. Potter
United KingdomThomas Kettle United KingdomCecil Lewis
United KingdomRobert Nichols United KingdomJ. B. Priestley
United States of AmericaAlfred Joyce Kilmer United KingdomEric Linklater
United KingdomIvor Novello

Prose & Poetry (Index Q-Z)

Biography Name
United KingdomSir Herbert Read GermanyErnst Toller
United KingdomSir Osbert Sitwell United KingdomSiegfried Sassoon
United KingdomI. L. Read Austria-HungaryGeorg Trakl
United KingdomCharles Hamilton Sorley United States of AmericaAlan Seeger
GermanyErich Maria Remarque United KingdomH. G. Wells
GermanyAugust Stramm CanadaRobert Service
United KingdomFrank Richards United KingdomHedd Wyn
GermanyHerbert Sulzbach United KingdomMay Sinclair
United KingdomS J Robinson GermanyArnold Zweig
United KingdomEdward Thomas United KingdomSir Osbert Sitwell
United KingdomIsaac Rosenberg


Feature Title Description
ArticleRobert Nichols: A Poet Rediscovered Review of a new book by Anne and William Charlton
ArticleFrance Somewhere Fictional account of 1st U.S. enlisted man to die in WW1
ArticleAny Soldier to His Son Poem reflecting upon its author's wartime experiences
ArticleThe Muse in Arms 1917 collection of 131 war-related poems
ArticleWar Poetry of S J Robinson Present-day collection of WW1 poetry
ArticleNot So Hidden Agendas: Wilfred Owen History of the publication of Owen's work
ArticleSatirical Magazines of the First World War British wartime humour celebrated
ArticleGerman and British Memoirs of WW1 Survey of wartime memoirs
ArticleStory of John McCrae Life and times of the poet/doctor
ArticleMaking of In Flanders Fields How the war's best-known poem was written
ArticleLiterary Ambulance Drivers Men and women who volunteered to serve
ArticleRobert Graves: A Twentieth Century Life Summary of the prolific life of Robert Graves

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