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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.

(Edward Godfree) Richard Aldington

(Edward Godfree) Richard Aldington

1892-1962
Poet, critic and novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits
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 19 portraits
Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

1896-1974
Poet, writer and teacher
Sitter in 22 portraits
Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges

1844-1930
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 27 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 75 portraits
Dame Margaret Isabel Cole

Dame Margaret Isabel Cole

1893-1980
Writer on socialism; wife of George Douglas Howard Cole
Sitter in 7 portraits
Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

1865-1924
Editor, poet and writer
Sitter in 2 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
Gilbert Frankau

Gilbert Frankau

1884-1952
Writer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

1878-1962
Poet
Sitter in 17 portraits
Robert Graves

Robert Graves

1895-1985
Poet and writer
Sitter associated with 39 portraits
Hon. Julian Henry Francis Grenfell

Hon. Julian Henry Francis Grenfell

1888-1915
Soldier; poet; eldest son of 1st Baron Desborough
Sitter in 1 portrait
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
(Walter) David Michael Jones

(Walter) David Michael Jones

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

Rudyard Kipling

1865-1936
Writer and poet
Sitter associated with 40 portraits

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