Wilfred Owen
Shropshire / England
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Dulce Et Decorum Est

Rating: 4.2
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.
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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 January 2021
5 Stars and to my Favourites!
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Sylvia Frances Chan 27 January 2021
Congratulations to the family of the late great poet English poet Wilfred Owen.for being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. He is great becuse he has written many poems, though no money to study at a university. He served twice the war and was killed at the Sombre. True war hero!
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Person 11 January 2021
War poems are heartbreaking, but true.
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love war 28 March 2020
i hate war now its so shoking
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gay_man6969 26 February 2020
this is a poem I think
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big boy 26 February 2020
this is the best thing I have ever seen
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Chaminda Pushpadewa 06 December 2019
Its a great poem i enjoyed by poem thanks
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Jo Fitzgerald 23 August 2019
This poem made me a pacifist. We studied it as part of O-Level English Lit and I'd never been so shocked and moved by an account of wartime.
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Stan wolfson 30 April 2019
Brilliant poem. Crap Latin. Wilfred Owen appears to be unaware of the double elision which Horace employs here I have not yet heard a reading where the reader is aware of this. This is a great shame.
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your mom 26 February 2020
cool ob not got em
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