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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,
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Pussy Hunter 30 August 2015

Swiggedy Swooty im stalking the booty

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Gertrude Christifanish 21 September 2015

Yes please

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Gertrude Christifanish 21 September 2015

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

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Tuffsnotenuff Y''all 23 April 2012

This poem moved me to sign up for 4 years in the Navy instead of doing Vietnam in the Army. As a guess that was the largest life-or-death choice of this life. On a Ten Scale, give this poem a 12. 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, .... Knock-out! Never to be forgotten, never to be set aside as our core understanding of war's madness.

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Arab 13 October 2021

Yeah Wilford Owen really gets my hard too

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 24 September 2021

A moving, powerful and deeply poignant poem woven beautifully.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 18 August 2021

A brilliant poem....top score

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Robert Murray Smith 18 August 2021

We are privileged to read this poem. Owen was the most famous poet of the Great War.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 18 August 2021

Poems such as 'Dulce Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for doomed Youth' have done much to influence our attitudes towards war. Amazing poem! He had a tragic life.Very sad he died young during the War (In France at the Somme river)

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Sylvia Frances Chan 18 August 2021

CONTINUED: and means 'it is sweet and fitting'. It is followed by pro patria mori, which means 'to die for one's country'.

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