Great War Maritime Poetry

Great War Maritime Poetry

The First World War is the first time England saw soldiers becoming some of the most important poets of the time. Many were published in newspapers throughout the war and collected into anthologies, but poems about the maritime element of the war were not as commonly seen. 

Below you can find links to several maritime-themed poems from the Great War. Please note these are external links.

The Mine-sweepers - Editha Jenkinson, January 1916

The Fringes of the Fleet - Rudyard Kipling, 1916

Kitchener - Eric Blair (George Orwell), 1916

Wireless (Prologue in 'Open Boats') - Alfred Noyes, 1916

The Dawn Patrol - Paul Dewsher,  1917

To a Naval Cadet - Noel F. M. Corbett, 1917

Guns at Sea - Imtarfa, 1917

Undying Days - William M. James, 1917

British Merchant Service - Cicely Fox Smith, 1917

Troopship: mid-Atlantic - Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, July 1917

HMS Vanguard - Ronald A. Hopwood, 1918

A Muse at Sea - Edward Hilton Young, 1919

Mine-Sweeping Trawlers - Edward Hilton Young, date unknown

Minesweeper and the whale - Chief Skipper Martin Fielding, RNR, date unknown


Great War at Sea Poetry Project

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