First World War Centenary Poetry Collection

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This collection of poetry, with its companion prose collection, commemorates the outbreak of the First World War on 28th July 1914. Most of the poetry, all chosen by the readers, is in English, but the collection also includes poems in Dutch, French, German, Portuguese and Russian.

Please note that some poems are still protected by copyright in countries which observe copyright laws based on the author's date of death.

The majority of the poems were written during the war itself, but some poems have been included for their relevance in other ways. For more information about each poem, please see this document (PDF format), which also shows the poets' dates of death. (Summary by Ruth Golding) (2 hr 43 min)


Preface to Poems by Wilfred Owen 1:33 Read by David Wales
For the Fallen 2:16 Read by Ruth Golding
Мама и убитый немцами вечер (Mama i ubity nemcami vecher) 2:31 Read by Anastasiia Solokha
To Germany 1:34 Read by John Hayward
Range-finding 1:12 Read by Winston Tharp
The Red Flower 2:01 Read by Lucy Perry
Wildgänse rauschen durch die Nacht 1:10 Read by Julia Niedermaier
Dulce et Decorum Est 1:58 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Glory of Women 1:20 Read by Ernst Pattynama
There Will Come Soft Rains 1:11 Read by Winston Tharp
Lament in 1915 (B. H. W.) 4:57 Read by Martin Geeson
Not to Keep 2:37 Read by MaryAnn
In Flanders Fields 1:08 Read by David Wales
Vernichtung 1:02 Read by Hokuspokus
I Have a Rendezvous with Death 1:35 Read by Phil Schempf
Alan Seeger 2:36 Read by Ruth Golding
Espasmo 3:14 Read by Leni
The Chances 1:22 Read by Kara Shallenberg (1969-2023)
Au Reichstag 5:00 Read by Patrick Wallace
Scots of the Riverina 2:23 Read by Son of the Exiles
The Star of Australasia 8:34 Read by Son of the Exiles
The Hosts 3:31 Read by ravenotation
Lines 1:41 Read by Ruth Golding
Wie in de loopgraaf ligt 3:10 Read by Anna Simon
Suicide in Trenches 1:01 Read by Lynne T
Conscious 1:06 Read by filespnr
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death 1:22 Read by Sieska
The Road not Taken 1:07 Read by Kasper
As the Team's Head-Brass 2:42 Read by Patrick Wallace
Slachtveld 4:38 Read by Anna Simon
The Next War 1:22 Read by Winston Tharp
Exaltação da paz 5:12 Read by Leni
The Messages 2:00 Read by MaryAnn
A New John Bull 2:30 Read by Son of the Exiles
Champagne (1914-15) 4:49 Read by ravenotation
Berliner Gerüchte 1:40 Read by Patrick Wallace
Selections from Severn and Somme 8:29 Read by Alan Mapstone
Langemarck at Ypres 6:50 Read by MaryAnn
Malédiction 4:46 Read by Ruth Golding
Ode in Memory of the American Volunteers Fallen for France 6:57 Read by ravenotation
The Dead 2:02 Read by Winston Tharp
At the Somme Under the Tricolour 10:22 Read by Phil Schempf
Война Объявлена (Vojna Obyavlena) 2:23 Read by Anastasiia Solokha
Louse Hunting 1:50 Read by Martin Geeson
Maktoob 3:52 Read by ravenotation
There's Another Blessed Horse Fell Down 2:18 Read by Son of the Exiles
The White Comrade 5:00 Read by MaryAnn
Im Osten 1:02 Read by Ruth Golding
Edith Cavell 3:46 Read by ravenotation
Op de oorlogsgrens 1:17 Read by Anna Simon
Anthem for Doomed Youth 1:36 Read by Alan Mapstone
The Price of Peace 0:39 Read by SkyAlbatross
To E. T. 1:38 Read by Winston Tharp
Does It Matter? 1:05 Read by Lynne T
Aan die komen 2:13 Read by Anna Simon
The Healers 1:45 Read by J Korth
Might and Right 0:42 Read by SkyAlbatross
To His Love 1:17 Read by Martin Geeson
The Harvest Moon 2:59 Read by MaryAnn