WWI in Poetry


American Literature of WWI


Writers in WWI

United States
Hervey Allen
John Peale Bishop
Mary Borden
Malcolm Cowley
E.E. Cummings
Ernest Hemingway
Robert Hillyer
Joyce Kilmer
Archibald MacLeish
Gertrude Stein
John Reed
Alan Seeger
Edith Wharton
Amos N. Wilder
Edmund Wilson

 Ernest Hemingway

American Literature of WWI

“Grass” by Carl Sandburg

“Iron” by Carl Sandburg

“I Have a Rendezvous with Death” by Alan Seeger

Seeger’s poem is featured at Sommepy Memorial, which Mr. Taft visited on his trip to France in August 2017.

“Memorial Day” by Joyce Kilmer

Other Important Literature of WWI

“In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae (Canadian)

Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen (English)

  • Remember to look for words from this poem at Arlington National Cemetery.

A close reading of the poem by eminent scholar, Dr. Santanu Das:

“Break of Day in the Trenches” by Isaac Rosenberg (English)

Read and view pictures explaining what soldiers would see, hear, smell, taste, and feel in the trenches and see Rosenberg’s original handwritten copy of “Break of Day in the Trenches” here.

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WWI Resources

Primary Sources to Inspire Your Poetry:

WWI at the Library of Congress

WWI at EyeWitnessToHistory.com

Letters from the First World War at National Archives — These letters make for amazing reading… You might even consider a found poetry project from these letters!

Gas Attack, 1916

1917, Soldier recounts brush with poison gas

Gas Warfare in WWI

Other Sources:


 @ LoC


@ US Dept of State


@ Gilder Lehrman

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