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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 - 292 Points A. E. Newman (4/11/2016 7:12:00 AM)

    Glad I wasn't one of the hundreds of thousands who had to go through that hell, but the horrible experience wonderfully captured here.. (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,341 Points Alisha Castle (3/23/2016 12:56:00 AM)

    Full of spirit.....Wonderful poetry. (Report) Reply

  • 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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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
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