There is a long tradition in the UK of personnel writing poetry as a way to communicate their experiences of warfare and what it was like to be part of the Armed Forces. Poetry can at once be an intensely personal form of writing but also, as is the case of the poetry written by the war poets,  it can speak to experiences that are universal and to which many people relate. Poetry has made a significant contribution to understandings of what it was like to experience combat during the World Wars.

In particular, the First World War poets made a big impact with their creative writing. You can read more about nine significant poets of the First World War on the Imperial War Museum’s website.