Wilfred Owen

(1893-1918 / Shropshire / England)

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.

Topic(s) of this poem: war


Comments about Dulce Et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen

  • love war (3/28/2020 12:30:00 PM)

    i hate war now its so shoking(Report)Reply

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  • gay_man6969 (2/26/2020 9:46:00 AM)

    this is a poem I think(Report)Reply

    big boy(2/26/2020 9:49:00 AM)

    this is the best thing I have ever seen

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  • Inguruwattadewage Pushpadewa Chaminda (12/6/2019 8:39:00 PM)

    Its a great poem i enjoyed by poem thanks(Report)Reply

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  • Jo Fitzgerald (8/23/2019 6:48:00 PM)

    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.(Report)Reply

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  • Stan wolfson (4/30/2019 9:50:00 AM)

    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.(Report)Reply

    your mom(2/26/2020 9:38:00 AM)

    cool ob not

    got em

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  • mike hunt (2/25/2019 6:14:00 AM)

    epicstorybro(Report)Reply

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  • Dorina NeculceDorina Neculce (2/24/2019 6:14:00 AM)

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

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  • Ayanda (1/1/2019 9:34:00 AM)

    Such an incredible poem(Report)Reply

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  • David J M Lench (11/5/2018 2:38:00 PM)

    The most stirring of poems.An inspiration to write a great work.Conjures up an everlasting image of the Great War.O God bless their souls.May their families thrive and memories of them survive.(Report)Reply

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  • Cheese (10/22/2018 5:17:00 AM)

    Chheese(Report)Reply

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  • Nykemiah (9/23/2018 1:24:00 PM)

    Excellent work of poetry
    Just splendid.(Report)Reply

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  • Yurak Hunt (6/6/2018 7:05:00 AM)

    Brexiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit(Report)Reply

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  • Stuart (4/22/2018 4:49:00 AM)

    Great poem(Report)Reply

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  • SYLVA ONYEMA UBA (4/13/2018 7:14:00 AM)

    Well communicated and nicely written.(Report)Reply

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  • Donald j trump (3/19/2018 7:09:00 AM)

    This guy is my favorite poet(Report)Reply

    Hilary Clinton(11/29/2018 9:26:00 AM)

    no none of us thought you were even educated

    Yurak Hunt(6/6/2018 7:06:00 AM)

    Make America Great Again

    Vriska (vriska)(5/14/2018 7:10:00 AM)

    didnt think you could read

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  • gay bowser (3/14/2018 11:48:00 AM)

    egg




























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  • John HardestyJohn Hardesty (1/11/2018 9:10:00 AM)

    Why the automated robot reads the numbers of the lines is insane, the poem has no NUMBERS PERIOD!(Report)Reply

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  • John HardestyJohn Hardesty (1/11/2018 9:03:00 AM)

    Tragedy follows the poet even in War!(Report)Reply

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  • cutboy2000 (12/3/2017 4:25:00 PM)

    ........................... 8=/)(Report)Reply

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  • Sandra N SneedSandra N Sneed (11/29/2017 5:13:00 PM)

    This is one of my favorite poems by Wilfred Owen. After learning about his war poems in a poetry class I was in, I found I like his writing style. Dulce Et Decorum Est is one of my favorite poems by Wilfred Owens.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 29, 2015


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