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

    Swiggedy Swooty im stalking the booty (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 4,927 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points Elaine Harrison (6/13/2015 3:12:00 PM)

    I read this at age 16 but the impact of it is still as strong now. Where is the glory in such a death? (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. The Soldier (Memorial Day Memorial Day M.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  26. 26. Boots , Rudyard Kipling
  27. 27. ******world War Iii! , sarwar chowdhury
  28. 28. Six Six Six Revealed (Repeating Cycle) .. , Nicholas McDonough
  29. 29. Hiawatha And The Pearl-Feather , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  30. 30. War Crimes , GREENWOLFE 1962
  31. 31. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  32. 32. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  33. 33. Harvest Time , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  34. 34. War Is... , Cody Stephen Heldak
  35. 35. Metamorphoses: Book The Thirteenth , Ovid
  36. 36. Paradise Lost: Book 06 , John Milton
  37. 37. Custer , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  38. 38. Soldier's Ghost , Mark R Slaughter
  39. 39. The Call , Robert William Service
  40. 40. War , KRISTEN EVANS ROSENTHAL
  41. 41. God Bless Us , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  42. 42. War...War...War... , joe yourmom
  43. 43. War Means , Brie Carter
  44. 44. Ein Baum Erzählt Von Orpheus , Denise Levertov
  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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