Three Poets of the First World War

Ivor Gurney - Author

Wilfred Owen - Author

Isaac Rosenberg - Author

Jon Stallworthy - Editor/introduction

Jon Stallworthy - Notes by

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ISBN 9780141182070 | 208 pages | 27 Mar 2012 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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An essential new collection of poetry from the First World War.

This indispensable anthology brings together the works of three major poets from the First World War. Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) was a classical music composer and poet who published two volumes of poems, Severn and Somme and War's Embers. Wilfred Owen's (1893- 1918) realistic poetry is remarkable for its details of war and combat. Isaac Rosenberg's (1890-1918) Poems from the Trenches is widely considered one of the finest examples of war poetry from the period. Carefully selected by Jon Stallworthy, a professor emeritus of English at the University of Oxford, these poems comprise a landmark publication that reflects the disparate experiences of war through the voices of the soldiers themselves.



Further Reading

Editorial Note

Ivor Gurney

To the Poet before Battle

Strange Service

Bach and the Sentry

Song and Pain

Song ['Only the wanderer']

Ballad of the Three Spectres

Time and the Soldier






Ypres - Minsterworth

To His Love


To the Prussians of England

Crickley Hill

Between the Boughs

If I Walked Straight Slap

The Valley Farm

I Saw England - July Night

When March Blows

Yesterday Lost

The Lock Keeper

The Dearness of Common Things

Water Colours


Half Dead

Crucifix Corner

Strange Hells

After War

Near Vermand

Early Spring Dawn

First Time In ['After the dread tales']

Behind the Line

Old Dreams

The Not-Returning

Towards Lillers

Sonnet - September 1922

The Incense Bearers

To God

The Interview


On Somme

After 'The Penny Whistle'

First Poem

To Long Island First

Walt Whitman

Butchers and Tombs

The Bohemians

The Silent One

War Books

The Mangel-bury


It is Near Toussaints

An Appeal for Death

Hell's Prayer

December 30th

Poem for End

Isaac Rosenberg

Ode to David's Harp


Dust Calleth to Dust

On Receiving News of the War: Cape Town

The Dead Heroes

At Sea-Point

God Made Blind

Wedded [II]


Marching - as seen from the left file

"A worm fed on the heart of Corinth'

In the Trenches

Break of Day in the Trenches

August 1914

The Dying Soldier

The Immortals

Louse Hunting

From France

Returning, we ear the larks

Dead Man's Dump

Daughters of War

The Jew,/p>

Girl to Soldier on Leave

Soldier: Twentieth Century

'Through these pale cold days'

Wilfred Owen



With an Identity Disc

Anthem for Doomed Youth


From My Diary, July 1914

Apologia pro Poemate Meo

Le Christianisme

'Cramped in that funnelled hole'

Hospital Barge

At a Cavalry near the Ancre


The Letter


Dulce et Decorum Est


Strange Meeting


Arms and the Boy

The Show


The End


The Next War

Greater Love

The Last Laugh

Mental Cases

The Chances

The Send-Off

The Parable of the Old Man and The Young


A Terre

The Kind Ghosts


The Sentry

Smile, Smile, Smile

Spring Offensive



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