The early decades of the 20th century, including the period of the "Great War" (1914-1918) saw a sea change in the ways that "romantic friends" of the same gender related to one another. This era was shaped in part by the Victorian age's repression of desire, as well as feeling the waves of the new and frankly analytical sciences of psychology and "sexology." Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, A.E. Housman, and many others were men whose love expressed itself sometimes as a form of hero worship, or sorrow for young men dying on the battlefield. At the same time, the musician and composer Ethel Mary Smith, the writers Bryher and H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, the young Mary Renault and other women were grappling with same sex love. We will consider some poets who lived their lives and pursued their various loves during this era, and read a set of poems that they have left behind, beautiful and powerful voices grasping at a new way of love during the largest war in human history.