Compact Disc $15.00 ISBN: 9780712351355 Published September 2014 For sale in North and South America only

The First World War in Poetry

Edited by The British Library

Edited by The British Library

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1 compact disc with booklet | © 2014
Compact Disc $15.00 ISBN: 9780712351355 Published September 2014 For sale in North and South America only
A host of poets put their experiences of World War I into verse, some writing to celebrate the outbreak of war and to rally the troops, others reporting the horrors and realities they found in combat. This CD marks the centenary of the War by telling its story in the words of poets young and old. Listeners will hear the early patriotic optimism of John Galsworthy and Robert Bridges, set out to war with Owen and Rupert Brooke, and learn of the premonitions in Britain from W. B. Yeats and Thomas Hardy.
Read by British actor Rory Kinnear—famous for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and his roles in the recent James Bond films Skyfall and Quantum of Solace—these poems offer a uniquely compelling look back at the Great War, making this CD a wonderful collector’s item for historians and poets alike.

The Motherland


1. Rupert Brooke

The Soldier


2. John Galsworthy

England to Free Men


3. Edward Thomas

This is No Case of Petty Right or Wrong


4. Ivor Gurney

Strange Service


Going to War


5. Robert Bridges

Wake Up, England


6. Wilfred Owen

The Send-Off


7. Siegfried Sassoon



The Poet in War


8. Edith Nesbit

To Her: In Time of War


9. W B Yeats

On Being Asked for a War Poem


10. Thomas Hardy

I Looked Up from My Writing


11. Ivor Gurney

To the Poet Before Battle


Before Action


12. William Noel Hodgson

Before Action


13. Robert Graves

Big Words


14. W B Yeats

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death


Back at Home


15. Edward Thomas

As the Team’s Head-Brass


16. John Galsworthy



17. Thomas Hardy

A New Year’s Eve in War-time


The Heat of the Battle


18. Robert Nichols

The Assault


19. Siegfried Sassoon

The Rear-guard


20. Wilfred Owen

Dulce et decorum est


A Pause in the Battle


21. Isaac Rosenberg

Returning, We Hear the Larks


22. Ford Madox Ford

Clair De Lune


23. Joseph Lee

The Half-hour’s Furlough


24. Siegfried Sassoon

Repression of War Experience


Injured in Battle


25. Robert Graves



26. Arthur Conan Doyle

The Guard Comes Through


27. Wilfred Owen



Ghosts of War


28. Charles Hamilton Sorley

The Army of Death


29. Isaac Rosenberg

Dead Man’s Dump


30. Wilfred Owen

Strange Meeting


In Memoriam


31. Rupert Brooke

The Dead


32. Robert Graves

Goliath and David

(For D.C.T., killed at Fricourt, March 1916)


33. Rudyard Kipling

My Boy Jack


Life After War


34. Rose Macaulay

Peace: June 28th, 1919


35. Max Plowman

When It’s Over


36. Rudyard Kipling





37. G K Chesterton

Elegy in a Country Churchyard


38. John McCrae

In Flanders Fields


39. Laurence Binyon

For the Fallen

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