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WWI Poetry Focused Resources

The Poetry of World War I by The Editors

Description- This site has an extensive list of poems written during WWI along with historical events that happened the year the poems were written.

Rationale- This website provides the students with many examples of WWI poetry that they can sift through and read. It also lets the students see what was happening in the world when the poems were written so they can make some possible connections between events and what the author(s) wrote about.


Trench Warfare

Trench Warfare

Description- This image is a picture of what one of the trenches looked like in WWI and shows the harsh conditions soldiers had to endure.

Rationale- Some of the WWI poets had to live and fight in trenches like this during their time in the war and wrote about it in their poetry. It is important for students to have an image like this because it can help some of the poems come to life.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886 - 1967)

Description- This website has a bio of Sassoon and briefly explains his motivation for writing poetry and his influence on other poets during this time.

Rationale- Sassoon was one of the most important and influential poets during the war and he had a great impact and strong will. It is important for students to know about his life and accomplishments.

Wilfred Owen

Description- This website has a short biography on Owen who was also one of the prominent poets of WWI.

Rationale- Owen was an influential poet during WWI. He was influenced by Sassoon. They both expressed anger toward the atrocities of war which is why their poetry is so powerful and why students should learn about them.

The Hidden World of the Great War

Description- This website goes into detail about the trenches and the underground tunnels that were made during WWI.

Rationale- Siegfried Sassoon's poem "The Rear Guard" is about a man wandering through underground tunnels, so it is important for students to explore how and what the tunnels were used for.

Siegfried Sassoon and poets of the Great War

Description- This video discusses some of the early poets and the reason they wrote the way they did and then goes on to a little more in-depth discussion of Sassoon.

Rationale- Students need to know that there were different types of war poets and that there background and combat experience(s) affected their writing.

'Anthem for Doomed Youth' -Wilfred Owen

Description- Audio of Wilfred Owen's poem, "Anthem of Doomed Youth"

Rationale- Sitting and listening to a poem being read can bring it to life and help students understand it better.

Life in a Trench | History

Description- This short video describes what living in a trench was like for the British and French Soldiers.

Rationale- The video is full of good information and can help students understand more about the harsh conditions these poets and others went through.


No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Description- A picture from no man's land during WWI

Rationale- This picture along with the one of the trenches provide visual aids that help students grasp what the poets experienced.

Siegfried Sassoon — The War Poems — The Rear Guard {audiobook}

Description- Audio of Siegfried Sassoon's "The Rear Guard"

Rationale- Sitting and listening to a poem being read can bring it to life and help students understand it better.

Rupert Brooke

Description- Biography of the early WWI poet, Rupert Brooke

Rationale- The early WWI poets were quite different than the latter ones in how they viewed the war and it is important that students see the difference.

Famous poem - The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

Description- Audio of Rupert Brooke's "The Soldier"

Rationale- Sitting and listening to a poem being read can bring it to life and help students understand it better.