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Dulce Et Decorum Est - Poem by Wilfred Owen

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned out backs,
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame, all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.-
Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,-
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.


Comments about Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

  • Rookie - 294 Points Ruth Hare (10/26/2015 6:57:00 AM)

    Real. Powerful. Frightening. From someone who knew of what he wrote. The only WW1 poet I studied at college that I really respected. No jingoistic claptrap from this one. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Pussy Hunter (8/30/2015 7:38:00 PM)

    Swiggedy Swooty im stalking the booty (Report) Reply

    Rookie - 0 Points Gertrude Christifanish (9/21/2015 11:31:00 PM)

    Yes Please 8=============D

    Rookie - 0 Points Gertrude Christifanish (9/21/2015 11:30:00 PM)

    Yes please

  • Gold Star - 16,220 Points Paul Warren (6/15/2015 7:24:00 PM)

    I like Owen's starkness, this is how it was style. Life in general has its ugly side and war is the ugliest. Thanks to Owen those who haven't personally experienced it can feel it in the words. (Report) Reply

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Poems About War

  1. 1. Dulce Et Decorum Est , Wilfred Owen
  2. 2. In Flanders Field , John McCrae
  3. 3. Charge Of The Light Brigade , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. Marching Men , Marjorie Lowry Christie Pick ..
  5. 5. Drummer Hodge , Thomas Hardy
  6. 6. For The Fallen , Robert Laurence Binyon
  7. 7. Christ And The Soldier , Siegfried Sassoon
  8. 8. Strange Meeting , Wilfred Owen
  9. 9. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  10. 10. Aristocrats: 'I Think I Am Becoming A God' , Keith Douglas
  11. 11. Requiem For The Croppies , Seamus Heaney
  12. 12. My Boy Jack? , Rudyard Kipling
  13. 13. The Cenotaph , Charlotte Mary Mew
  14. 14. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  16. 16. Adlestrop , Edward Thomas
  17. 17. To His Love , Ivor Gurney
  18. 18. To Germany , Charles Hamilton Sorley
  19. 19. Break Of Day In The Trenches , Isaac Rosenberg
  20. 20. Lights Out , Edward Thomas
  21. 21. June, 1915 , Charlotte Mary Mew
  22. 22. Dirge For Two Veterans , Walt Whitman
  23. 23. The Statue , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  24. 24. War Some More , Sandra Osborne
  25. 25. Boots , Rudyard Kipling
  26. 26. The Soldier (Memorial Day Memorial Day M.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  27. 27. Hiawatha And The Pearl-Feather , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  28. 28. ******world War Iii! , sarwar chowdhury
  29. 29. Six Six Six Revealed (Repeating Cycle) .. , Nicholas McDonough
  30. 30. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  31. 31. War Crimes , GREENWOLFE 1962
  32. 32. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  33. 33. War Is... , Cody Stephen Heldak
  34. 34. Harvest Time , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  35. 35. Metamorphoses: Book The Thirteenth , Ovid
  36. 36. Paradise Lost: Book 06 , John Milton
  37. 37. The Call , Robert William Service
  38. 38. War , KRISTEN EVANS ROSENTHAL
  39. 39. God Bless Us , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  40. 40. Ein Baum Erzählt Von Orpheus , Denise Levertov
  41. 41. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  42. 42. Soldier's Ghost , Mark R Slaughter
  43. 43. War Means , Brie Carter
  44. 44. They Gave Us A War That Nobody Wanted , Patrick O'Donnell
  45. 45. Sassoon's Public Statement Of Defiance , Siegfried Sassoon
  46. 46. The Game Of War , Aaron Tate
  47. 47. The Gospel According To Lilith- Chapters.. , Lonnie Hicks
  48. 48. Fingal - Book I , James Macpherson
  49. 49. Ode To War , Mark R Slaughter
  50. 50. Agony , Mark R Slaughter
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