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The Great War: Poets


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Although Edward Marsh published the work of those today considered First World War Poets including Robert Ranke Graves and Siegfreid Sassoon, together in the 1917 anthology of Georgian Poetry, many moved in different literary circles and did not identify as part of a group. Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Hardy were considered war poets although they had not served in the military themselves. In contrast, a majority of those considered First World War Poets, served in the trenches of the Western front and became casualties of the conflict. Characterised by their youth, many were from middle-class backgrounds and served as officers. They moved away from the patriotism of war poetry to record the gruesome reality of their experiences and write in protest about a lost generation. The work of the poet Isaac Rosenberg, who grew up amid poverty in London's East End, would only became widely known posthumously. Wilfred Owen and Sassoon met in the aftermath of war at Craiglockhart Hospital and their literary and personal friendship has become one of the most celebrated in history. Recently there has been an increased interest in the more overlooked work of female poets including Vera Britain and Charlotte Mew, increasing our understanding of the experiences of the First World War.

Hilaire Belloc

Hilaire Belloc

1870-1953
Author and poet
Sitter associated with 17 portraits
Laurence Binyon

Laurence Binyon

1869-1943
Poet and art historian
Sitter in 18 portraits
Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

1896-1974
Poet, writer and teacher
Sitter in 22 portraits
Vera Brittain

Vera Brittain

1893-1970
Writer, pacifist and feminist
Sitter in 25 portraits
Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

1887-1915
Poet
Sitter in 21 portraits
G.K. Chesterton

G.K. Chesterton

1874-1936
Poet, novelist and critic
Sitter in 74 portraits
Walter de la Mare

Walter de la Mare

1873-1956
Poet and writer
Sitter in 64 portraits
Ford Madox Ford

Ford Madox Ford

1873-1939
Writer and critic
Sitter in 2 portraits
Robert Graves

Robert Graves

1895-1985
Poet and writer
Sitter associated with 39 portraits
Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy

1840-1928
Novelist and poet
Sitter in 60 portraits
A.E. Housman

A.E. Housman

1859-1936
Poet and classical scholar
Sitter in 4 portraits
David Jones

David Jones

1895-1974
Poet and artist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling

1865-1936
Writer and poet
Sitter associated with 40 portraits
Rose Macaulay

Rose Macaulay

1881-1958
Author
Sitter in 6 portraits
A.A. Milne

A.A. Milne

1882-1956
Writer, playwright and journalist
Sitter in 43 portraits
Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

1893-1918
Poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Herbert Read

Herbert Read

1893-1968
Critic, poet and writer on art
Sitter in 18 portraits
Isaac Rosenberg

Isaac Rosenberg

1890-1918
Painter and poet
Sitter in 2 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

1886-1967
Poet and prose writer
Sitter in 86 portraits
Charles Hamilton Sorley

Charles Hamilton Sorley

1895-1915
Poet
Sitter in 1 portrait