Concentrating on the classic poems by the greatest poets of World War One, this collection contains 250 poems by 80 poets. It includes such enduringly popular poems of the war as Brooke's sonnets and McCrae's "In Flanders Fields". There are also examples of the once hugely popular poems which were written as propaganda. Historical and biographical background material, extracts from diaries, personal letters and autobiographies illuminate the poetry. Poets featured include Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas, Charles Sorley, Isaac Rosenberg, Herbert Read, Robert Graves, Vera Brittain, Rose Macauley, Eleanor Farjeon, D.H. Lawrence, John Galsworthy, Edmund Blunden, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, Lawrence Binyon, John McCrae, Ivor Gurney, John Oxenham, Arthur Graeme West and Rupert Brooke.