English poetry

Poems in English

The Young Soldier

It is not death Without hereafter To one in dearth Of life and its laughter, Nor the sweet murder Dealt […]


He sat in a wheeled chair, waiting for dark, And shivered in his ghastly suit of grey, Legless, sewn short […]

Apologia Pro Poemate Meo

I, too, saw God through mud The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled. War brought more glory to […]

The Send-Off

Down the close, darkening lanes they sang their way To the siding-shed, And lined the train with faces grimly gay. […]

The End

After the blast of lightning from the east, The flourish of loud clouds, the Chariot throne, After the drums of […]


His fingers wake, and flutter up the bed. His eyes come open with a pull of will, Helped by the […]

Wild With All Regrets

(Another version of “A Terre”.) To Siegfried Sassoon My arms have mutinied against me brutes! My fingers fidget like ten […]

The Show

My soul looked down from a vague height with Death, As unremembering how I rose or why, And saw a […]

Mental Cases

Who are these? Why sit they here in twilight? Wherefore rock they, purgatorial shadows, Drooping tongues from jaws that slob […]


Under his helmet, up against his pack, After the many days of work and waking, Sleep took him by the […]

Spring Offensive

Halted against the shade of a last hill, They fed, and, lying easy, were at ease And, finding comfortable chests […]

Strange Meeting

It seemed that out of the battle I escaped Down some profound dull tunnel, long since scooped Through granites which […]

A Terre

(Being the philosophy of many Soldiers.) Sit on the bed; I’m blind, and three parts shell, Be careful; can’t shake […]

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares […]

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