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American poet, Amy Lowell (1874–1925), who had been included in the 1914 anthology Des Imagistes edited by Ezra Pound, published her own anthology, Some Imagist Poets (1915), which she strictly restricted to Imagist poets and she laid out six guiding principles of the movement.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) was in England in 1915 having been awarded a scholarship to Merton College, Oxford in 1914. His modernist poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, was published in Poetry magazine in Chicago in 1915 and later the same year, in a book in the UK.

Jessie Pope (1868–1941) was a prolific journalist, writer and poet. When the war broke out she wrote large quantity of war poetry, with simple rhythms and rhymes, designed to support the war effort and encourage enlistment. It was generally published in The Daily Mail and two collections of hers were published in 1915, Jessie Pope's War Poems and More War Poems.

Canadian John McCrae (1872-1918) wrote In Flanders Fields on 3 May 1915 after a friend and former student was killed in battle. The poem was published in Punch and became one of the most popular poems of the war.

Rupert Brooke (1887–1915) was one of the Georgian Poets who came to public attention in 1915 when The Times Literary Supplement quoted two of his five sonnets, The Dead and The Soldier, in full in March and his sonnet, The Soldier, was read from the pulpit of St Paul's Cathedral on Easter Sunday 4 April.

On April 23 Brooke died aged 27 of septic pneumonia from an infected mosquito bite while sailing with the British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force off the island of Lemnos in the Aegean on its way to Gallipoli. Brooke's 1914 & Other Poems was first published in May 1915.

Julian Grenfell, the British poet, aged 27, killed at Ypres on 26 May and on 13 October another British poet, Charles Sorley, aged 20, was killed at the Battle of Loos in France.

Some Other Poetry Published in 1915

G. K. Chesterton, Poems
Francis Ledwidge, Songs of the Fields
George William Russell, ("Æ"): Gods of War, with Other Poems
James Stephens, Songs from the Clay
Edgar Lee Masters, Spoon River Anthology
Sara Teasdale, Rivers to the Sea
Alice Meynell, Poems of the War
Ezra Pound, Cathay

Guillaume Apollinaire, Case d'armons
Paul Claudel, Corona benignitatis anni dei
Vasily Kamensky, Stenka Razin
Vladimir Mayakovsky, A Cloud in Trousers
Georg Trakl, Sebastian im Traum ("Sebastian in the Dream")


Lest We Forget: A War Anthology edited by H. B. Elliott
War Poems from The Times, August 1914-1915
Oxford Poetry 1915, Edited by Gerald D. H. Crow & T. W. Earp. (Included early contributions by: Dorothy L. Sayers, Aldous Huxley and J. R. R. Tolkien).

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