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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 Thomas

Edward Thomas

1878-1917
Poet and critic
Sitter in 6 portraits
W.B. Yeats

W.B. Yeats

1865-1939
Poet and dramatist; son of John Butler Yeats
Sitter in 59 portraits
(Edward Godfree) Richard Aldington

(Edward Godfree) Richard Aldington

1892-1962
Poet, critic and novelist
Sitter in 9 portraits
Robert Bridges

Robert Bridges

1844-1930
Poet Laureate
Sitter in 27 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
Gilbert Frankau

Gilbert Frankau

1884-1952
Writer
Sitter in 16 portraits
Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

1878-1962
Poet
Sitter in 17 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
Frank Laurence ('F.L.') Lucas

Frank Laurence ('F.L.') Lucas

1894-1967
Classical scholar, literary critic, poet and novelist
Sitter in 1 portrait
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Percy Hugh Beverley Lyon

1893-1986
Headmaster of Rugby School and poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir Edward Howard Marsh

Sir Edward Howard Marsh

1872-1953
Civil servant, scholar and patron of the arts
Sitter in 22 portraits
Charlotte Mary Mew

Charlotte Mary Mew

1869-1928
Poet
Sitter in 1 portrait
Alice Meynell (née Thompson)

Alice Meynell (née Thompson)

1847-1922
Poet, essayist and journalist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols

Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols

1893-1944
Poet
Sitter in 5 portraits
Lady Margaret Sackville

Lady Margaret Sackville

1881-1963
Poet and children's writer; daughter of 7th Earl de la Warr
Sitter in 1 portrait
Edward Wyndham Tennant

Edward Wyndham Tennant

1897-1916
Poet; son of 1st Baron Glenconner and Lieutenant in the Grenadier Guards
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir (John) William Watson

Sir (John) William Watson

1858-1935
Poet
Sitter in 9 portraits

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