Welcome


‘HMS Glorious’ by Eric Ravillious -courtesy of the Imperial War Museum (Art.IWM ART LD 283 )

Welcome to the worldwarpoetry.com.

This website has been created to combine research on the poetry and poets of  World War II, and also serve as an archive for the now defunct Great War at Sea Poetry Project.

Please note that the links on the older posts-before April 2017- may not still be working.

Eventually it is hoped to launch a literary society devoted to World War 2 poetry.

Michael Bully , Brighton , March 2017.

Contact  : MichaelBully@worldwarpoetry.com

Recent Articles


Anglo-Welsh Poet Lynette Roberts during World War 2

Anglo-Welsh Poet Lynette Roberts during World War 2

                                       
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Interview with Lucy London

Interview with Lucy London

       The World War 2 poetry blog has been updated to include a poem each by Mary E Harrison
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The World is a Broken Place -part 2 of interview with John Guzlowski

The World is a Broken Place -part 2 of interview with John Guzlowski

Pleased to carry on my e mail interview with John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish immigrants , with both parents
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The World Is A Broken Place- Interview with John Guzlowski part one

The World Is A Broken Place- Interview with John Guzlowski part one

Photo- Polish victim of Luftwafe bombing 1939   It is certainly an honour to interview John Guzlowski. A son of a Polish
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Remember Babi Yar – ‘Art Destroys Silence’

Remember Babi Yar – ‘Art Destroys Silence’

'Babi Yar' -Yevgeny Yevtushenko (born 1933) People knew about Babi Yar before Yevtushenko's poem, but they were silent. And when they
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Sassoon re-appraised by World War 2 Serving Poets

Sassoon re-appraised by World War 2 Serving Poets

'Silent Service'-Siegfried Sassoon Now, mulltifold, let Britain's patient power Be proven within us for the world to see, None are exempt from service
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Vernon Watkins – Janet Hills

Vernon Watkins – Janet Hills

Last Post of 2016 Thank you to the large number of readers from many countries who have logged into the view
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The Scottish World War 2 Poets – Part One

The Scottish World War 2 Poets – Part One

The Scottish World War 2 Poets and the Desert "There are many dead in the brutish desert who lie uneasy among the scrub
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‘Voices of Silence’ – Vivien Noakes /The Poetry of J. L. Crommelin Brown

‘Voices of Silence’ – Vivien Noakes /The Poetry of J. L. Crommelin Brown

Greetings to readers of this blog in many countries, interest always appreciated. A companion blog to this one is World War
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Coventry – 14th November 1940

Coventry – 14th November 1940

"The raiders first fired the medieval centre, crowned by its beautiful cathedral, which was gutted. They then poured hundreds of
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Henry Treece – ‘Air Raid’

Henry Treece – ‘Air Raid’

Was recently reading an anthology 'More Poems from the Forces By Serving Members Of the Navy, Army, and Air Force'
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Vernon Scannell -The neglected Prose and The Walking Wounded

Vernon Scannell -The neglected Prose and The Walking Wounded

Vernon Scannell deserves the title of 'War Poet' (1922- 2007) . Saw active service in North Africa and
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Troopship in World War 2

Troopship in World War 2

Roy Broadbent Fuller Roy Broadbent  Fuller ( 11th February 1912- 27th September 1991)  was already a published poet when he was
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Alan Ross, Murmansk and ‘Leaves in the Storm’

Alan Ross, Murmansk and ‘Leaves in the Storm’

Murmansk and Leaves in the Storm First of all,  greetings to all the new visitors to this blog. Delighted to see
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More about Alan Ross

More about Alan Ross

Arctic Waking by Alan Ross Sky like a dog rose draws blood, The tide mirrors my sailed love, Through clouds of sea foamed
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Remembering the Fishermen who served during the Great War

Remembering the Fishermen who served during the Great War

A fascinating work indeed. A vital contribution to understanding the Great War at Sea. The focus is on 1914-1915 with
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Various updates

Various updates

The SS Mendi The Great War at Sea Poetry Website has a new page about the sinking of the troopship SS
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Riding Seaward on the Wave

Riding Seaward on the Wave

Returning to sea poetry published during the Great War, but seemingly to have no connection to the conflict: Realised that
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Cressy

Cressy

Poem I wrote last year (2013) in memory of all those who perished at sea on 22nd September 2014 when
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Vita Sackville-West – Sea Poem

Vita Sackville-West – Sea Poem

Recently came across the notion of 'combat gnosticism' - can someone who has never experienced being under fire really be
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Battle of Jutland commemoration 1916-2016

Battle of Jutland commemoration 1916-2016

There is now an impressive collection of on line resources at the newly established website Jutland2016  with a related blog
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Great War at Sea Poetry Project Update – and World War 2 poetry

Great War at Sea Poetry Project Update – and World War 2 poetry

After some deliberation it's been decided to move the goal posts a little . The Great War at Sea Poetry
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The North Sea -Dawn Patrol -A study of Contrasts

The North Sea -Dawn Patrol -A study of Contrasts

Paul Bewsher -'The Dawn Patrol ' New to the  Great War at Sea Poetry Website , there is a page dedicated
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Return to Kipling – ‘The Trade ‘

Return to Kipling – ‘The Trade ‘

Submarine Great War Poetry Tin Ships -Kipling (1916) The ships destroy us above And ensnare us beneath. We arise, we lie down, and we move In
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Gallipoli Centenary and Sea Poetry from the Coastline

Gallipoli Centenary and Sea Poetry from the Coastline

The main Great War at Sea Poetry Project website now features a  Gallipoli Webpage Decided to post two poems here which
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Sea Garden

Sea Garden

At times wonder if devotees of War Poetry over-estimate its literary importance. Recently found an anthology titled 'Vintage Verse-An Anthology
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HMS Hampshire and more

HMS Hampshire and more

The Orkney Heritage Society have posted the following In June 1916 HMS Hampshire hit a mine and sank in a gale
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Wilfrid Wilson Gibson – Troopship Mid-Atlantic

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson – Troopship Mid-Atlantic

Dark waters into crystalline brilliance break About the keel, as through the moonless night The dark ship moves in its own moving
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Vera Brittain – Testament of Youth – the movie

Vera Brittain – Testament of Youth – the movie

“War’- Francis Ledgwidge (Killed in Action 31st July 1917) Darkness and I are one, and wind And nagging thunder, brothers all, My Mother
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Royal Naval Dockyard Chatham – Live Bait Squadron commemoration 22nd September 2014

Royal Naval Dockyard Chatham – Live Bait Squadron commemoration 22nd September 2014

"As part of The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s First World War Centenary commemorations, an event of national significance will remember the
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Great War at Sea Poetry Project Website

Great War at Sea Poetry Project Website

Great War at Sea Poetry Project now has a website at http://greatwaratseapoetry.weebly.com/ Pages have been added about HMS Vanguard, Editha Jenkinson,
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HMS Vanguard

HMS Vanguard

Remembering today 9th July 2014 those who died aboard the HMS Vanguard, who exploded whilst moored off the coast of
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Cicely Fox Smith – Commemoration

Cicely Fox Smith – Commemoration

Delighted to hear that the life and work of Cicely -Fox Smith (1882-1954) is going to be commemorated at Bow,
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Kipling – The Verdicts

Kipling – The Verdicts

Will the Battle of Jutland/Skagerrakschlacht be remembered? 'On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st May a naval engagement took place off the
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HMS Vanguard

HMS Vanguard

This page is dedicated to Claude Du Mauleverer who died on 9th July 1917 when HMS Vanguard exploded whilst moored
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Does It Matter?

Does It Matter?

With regard to Great War poetry there have been some interesting moves to get beyond the 'Top Twelve' approach :
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Editha Jenkinson – The Mine Sweepers

Editha Jenkinson – The Mine Sweepers

A personal favourite poem of mine from the Great War is 'The Mine-Sweepers' by Editha Jenkinson : A major challenge
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Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

Wilfrid Wilson Gibson

I have already featured the work of Wilfrid Wilson Gibson ( 1878 -1962) on the Great War at Sea Poetry
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H M Troopships

H M Troopships

William Murray Kilburn was born in Avla, Clackmananshire in 1887. By 1911 the family had moved to Bellshill, Lanarkshire. Kilburn lost
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Gallipoli

Gallipoli

It is the luckiest thing and the most romantic. Think of fighting in the Chersonese (hope you got the allusion
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The North Sea – Miles Jeffrey Game Day

The North Sea – Miles Jeffrey Game Day

On 27th February 1918 , 21 year old Royal Naval Air Service Commander  Miles Jeffrey  Game Day  was shot down
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At The Gate – Edward Hilton Young and The Zeebrugge Raid 1918

At The Gate – Edward Hilton Young and The Zeebrugge Raid 1918

In the early hours of 23rd April 1918  Lieutenant  Edward Hilton Young (1879- 1960) . was serving  on board the
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Loss of the SS Mendi – 21st February 1917

Loss of the SS Mendi – 21st February 1917

On the 6th January 1917 the SS Mendi set sail from Cape Town to  Le Havre, carrying 805 members of
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Lord Kitchener  and the loss of the HMS Hampshire

Lord Kitchener and the loss of the HMS Hampshire

"No stone is set to mark his nation’s loss, No stately tomb enshrines his noble breast, Not e’en the tribute of a
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The Battle of Jutland

The Battle of Jutland

'On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st May a naval engagement took place off the coast of Jutland. The British ships
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Charles Causley -Ballad of Jack Cornwell – Second World War poet’s verdict on Jutland

Charles Causley -Ballad of Jack Cornwell – Second World War poet’s verdict on Jutland

I first noticed Charles Causley's work  featured in ' 'The War at Sea' edited by John Winton; part of the
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Beatrice Gibbs/ Alexandra Etheldreda Grantham

Beatrice Gibbs/ Alexandra Etheldreda Grantham

Current Research Projects Beatrice Gibbs/ Alexandra Etheldreda Grantham Thought that it was time to expand about the purposes of this blog. As
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HMS Vanguard by David Horne

HMS Vanguard by David Horne

Stand still! Stand Still! Ye leaping waves And mourn along with me For a gallant ship has crossed the bar Of the great
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HMS Vanguard by Ronald Hopwood

HMS Vanguard by Ronald Hopwood

Chose for her helm more fair than fame A spotless record to her ancient name Her compass that which varied not not swerved Lit
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Dead Sailor Boys by Constance Ann Renshaw

Dead Sailor Boys by Constance Ann Renshaw

What far faint sea-winds passed into their soul, What glimmer of dim-seen waves, and sting of spume And low lone wash of
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John Bayliss (1919- 2008)

John Bayliss (1919- 2008)

A Forgotten Poet of World War 2 I first came across the work of John Bayliss from looking at Andrew Sinclair
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