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(30 November 1872 – 28 January 1918 / Guelph, Ontario)

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In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


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  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/25/2013 5:21:00 PM)

    I really like this. A lot. :)

    12 person liked.
    6 person did not like.
  • Jema Lou (11/22/2013 11:07:00 AM)

    They said that this poem was written write after John McCrae's friend died in battle. The poem signifies a lot of things one of the reasons why I liked it. This is great piece of poetry I for one assure that to anybody who have not read it yet.

  • Jonathan Topp (11/20/2013 6:20:00 AM)

    Those who fought and died have passed to us the cause for which we fight. The dead do not rest until victory is won. It is our obligation to fight for our cause, and should we perish, pass on the torch until victory is won.

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/4/2013 8:22:00 AM)

    Poem is full of feelings

  • Jack Growden (8/4/2013 4:21:00 AM)

    One of my all time favourite poems! ! Please read my collection! I am a young, aspiring poet. Feel free to rate and comment on my pieces. Thanks, Jack Growden

  • Bryan Baker (1/21/2013 9:02:00 PM)

    McCrae, a surgeon on the Western Front, wrote this in 1915 when the terrible slaughter was already taking place, and yet in the third stanza he tells us he wants it to continue. Instead of advocating peace and an end to the senseless waste of lives, the dead are telling those who take their place to continue the carnage. How did a poem expressing such insane sentiments achieve the stature that it enjoys today. In the words of the doctor at the end of Bridge on the River Kwai, Madness!

  • Hilary Hawkins (1/8/2013 9:35:00 AM)

    Someone just does not get it! First of all the British did not start that war, but by jove we ended it, what would you rather we did? give up to the enemy? your stark staring bonkers...and btw we did not use mustard gas unlike the enemy ! ! ! We will never break faith with all our brave Soldiers. John McCrae got it right, spot on!

  • Hannah Jones (11/8/2012 10:04:00 AM)

    I like this poem because john had used alot of discribing words in the poem

  • Emily Smith (5/22/2012 9:15:00 AM)

    I am sure Englishness is not a word! This poem is very true, John McCrae wrote this after his best friend Alexis Helmer was killed in World War One.

  • Carlos Echeverria (3/8/2012 10:45:00 AM)

    I don't believe In Flanders Fields is a pro-war poem; nor is it anti-war, it acknowledges the reality of war as a part of the human condition.

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