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Dulce et Decorum Est

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Dulce et Decorum est is a poem written by poet Wilfred Owen in 1917, during World War I, and published posthumously in 1920. Owen's poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war. It was drafted at Craiglockhart in the first half of October 1917 and later revised, probably at Scarborough but possibly Ripon, between January and March 1918.
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Published 1920 (first published October 8th 1917)
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Sofia
May 26, 2014 Sofia rated it it was amazing

According to GR ratings 5 stars is for 'it was amazing'.

This poem does not create amazement in my heart.
It creates bloody ANGER.
ANGER at the waste, at the futility,
at the senselessness of great strokes
of genius like the Great Push.
And most of all ANGER at the sheer effrontery
of pushing the lie
Dulce et Decorum est Pro patria mori.
(It is sweet and honorable, to die for one's country.)

such bullshit.
Ken Moten
Jan 22, 2013 Ken Moten rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry-stuff
This, one of the most famous poems of World War I and one of the most famous anti-war poems ever. It was written after a particularly cruel gas attack (at this time biological warfare was not yet illegal). Owen decided he had to write on it.

"Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood
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May 28, 2014 Aly's Bookish Wonderland rated it it was amazing
I remember I had to study this poem in detail back in school when we were doing WWI in literature. The feelings it pulled from me, I still remember to this day.

Sweetly written, intimate and intricate, it's a poem I will always love.

And I hate poetry.
Gary
Jun 05, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing
Realism about a gas attack in WWI - Owens was killed later in the War. He was a soldier.
Emily
May 18, 2017 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily by: McLean
I believe this is one of the best poems describing World War I. Owen actually witnessed one of his fellow soldiers dying from the poisonous gas. This caused Owen to develop shell shock as he suffered from horrible nightmares remembering the face of his dying friend. He is addressing this poem to all of the war supporters back at home. When he says "my friend" he is specifically addressing Jessie Pope, a woman in support of men enlisting. Owen wanted the world to know the truth of the war, and I ...more
Liviu Bogdan
Oct 02, 2015 Liviu Bogdan rated it liked it
Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our 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 disappointed shells that dropped behind.

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still
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Arbraxan
Jul 06, 2015 Arbraxan rated it really liked it
As the years trudge on, one by one, the living memories of Europe's first blight flicker and fade into darkness. Yet sometimes their flames still impress some painful reminiscence of this great culling of yore on the minds of those fortunate souls who had the fortune of being born to a Europe of cold ashes and healing scars. And once again, as in every generation, young cretins call out for the glories of war, blissfully unaware of the horrors of rusted steel, torn flesh and red ichor, the wails ...more
Sneh Pradhan
Apr 05, 2014 Sneh Pradhan rated it really liked it
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. One of the best anti-war poems I have read ....
Mateo R.
Intertextualidad

Menciones directas:
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Indirecta:
* Alude a la oda "II" ("Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori") del Libro III de Carmina/Odas de Horacio (Roma, 23 a. C.).

* Eventos: Primera Guerra Mundial (1914-18).
* Figuras recurrentes: Soldado renuente.
Sarah
Jul 08, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
I found this poem particularly interesting due to the background that Owen had with CraigLockhart hospital and with Seigfried Sassoon
Lnaz Izd
Jul 09, 2014 Lnaz Izd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
" The old lie: Dulce et decorum est
pro patria mori."
Angélica
Feb 24, 2016 Angélica rated it it was amazing
short poem about WW1

favorite quotes:

"And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime..."

"The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori."
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Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War. His shocking, realistic war poetry on the horrors of trenches and gas warfare was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon and stood in stark contrast to both the public perception of war at t
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