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Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et decorum est'

Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et decorum est'

CONFLICTS: First World War poet Wilfred Owen used vivid imagery evoking the horrors of the conflict when he wrote 'Dulce et decorum est' during a recovery period in hospital

CONFLICTS: First World War poet Wilfred Owen used vivid imagery evoking the horrors of the conflict when he wrote 'Dulce et decorum est' during a recovery period in hospital

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Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et decorum est'

The First World War poet, Wilfred Owen, wrote "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori", or "How sweet and fitting it is to die for one's country", while he was recovering from shell-shock at Craiglockhart Hospital in Edinburgh. The poem's vivid imagery evokes the brutal realities of conflict and its impact on ordinary soldiers.

It provided the generations of children who first read it at school a better understanding that war should always be a last resort. Owen's words also expose how dangerous it can be to allow patriotism to cloud our vision of the consequences of conflict.


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