The First World War in Poetry

Edited by The British Library

The First World War in Poetry

Edited by The British Library

Distributed for British Library

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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