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Subject - War

War is a frequent theme in poetry. Poets' Corner has quite a few poems on the subject, including a number of collections. An extensive collection can also be found at A Treasury of War Poems maintained by Bob Blair.


  1. The Picket Guard by Ethyl Lynn Beers

    a picket guard dies alone with his thoughts and prayers for home and family

  2. Hohenlinden by Thomas Campbell

    Few, few shall part where many meet!

  3. War Is Kind and Other Lines by Stephen Crane

    a collection of 28 poems by the author of The Red Badge of Courage

  4. The Guards Came Through by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    a rare piece of verse by the creator of Sherlock Holmes

  5. The Private of the Buffs by Sir Francis Doyle

    war tests the character of the heart and distinguishes the ignoble from the great

  6. Agincourt by Michael Drayton

    King Henry and his company defeat the French, though outnumbered 10 to 1

  7. The Coming War by Sam Walter Foss

    a "conversation" between a husband and wife about war?

  8. Edgehill Fight by Rudyard Kipling

    the English Civil War pits neighbor against neighbor

  9. Overheard In An Asylum by Alfred Kreymborg
  10. The Arsenal at Springfield by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  11. The Battle of Naseby by Thomas Babbington Macaulay

    Oh, evil was the root, and bitter was the fruit,
    And crimson was the juice of the vintage that we trod;

  12. Lays of Ancient Rome by Thomas Babbington Macaulay

    stories of the Roman Empire, with notes by the author

  13. The Portent by Herman Melville

    John Brown's hanging

  14. Shiloh, A Requiem by Herman Melville

    a lonely church yard with the mingled dead

    Foemen at morn, but friends at eve--

  15. Poems by Wilfred Owen

    another large collection of poems about various aspects of war maintained by Bob Blair

  16. Dulce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

    written during WW I after the first use of Chlorine gas

  17. Sestina: Altaforte by Ezra Pound

    unusual, in that it celebrates war

  18. The Working Party by Siegfried Sassoon

    a vivid description of life and death in the trenches

  19. The Battle of Blenheim by Robert Southey

    what is the use of war?

  20. Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    perhaps the best known verse on war

    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:

  21. The Siege of Belgrade by Alaric Watts

    An Austrian army, awfully arrayed,
    Boldly by battery besieged Belgrade.

The subject indexes are a wonderful way to browse Poets' Corner, leading you to works you might not find any other way. I hope also that they can help the site to seem less overwhelming than it might at first. If you have suggestions or comments about the Subject Indicies please contact Jon Lachelt.

The quotes from Carl Sandburg on the heading of some of the subject pages are from his book of poems, Good Morning America.

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