Dulce et decorum est

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34Poolboy

"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 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."


Wilfred Owen

NeilP

Wilfred Owen - an old boy of my school.

Bez

Didn't Owen volunteer to go back to the front after he was wounded....?
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NeilP

Quote from: Bez on November 11, 2008, 11:38:54 am
Didn't Owen volunteer to go back to the front after he was wounded....?


Yes.

After returning to the front, Owen led units of the Second Manchesters on 1 October 1918 to storm a number of enemy strong points near the village of Joncourt. He was killed in action on 4 November 1918,  at the Battle of the Sambre just a week before the war ended, causing news of his death to reach home as the town's church bells declared peace. For his courage and leadership in the Joncourt action, he was posthumously awarded the Military Cross.


34Poolboy

I`ve just read that his mother learned of his death on the last day of the war.

andyhaines

Quote from: Bez on November 11, 2008, 11:38:54 am
Didn't Owen volunteer to go back to the front after he was wounded....?

Yep...he met Sassoon in Craiglockhart whilst recuperating...if I remember rightly, he didn't mention to Sassoon that he was returning to the front in case he tried to talk him out of it. The saddest story I heard was that Owen's mother received the telegram informing her of her son's death as the church bells were ringing out, declaring the end of hostilities. :(

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andyhaines

I was at Craiglockhart about a month ago..it's now part of Napier University.

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NeilP

Yes, he and Sassoon did return to the front, Sassoon was shot in the head  by friendly fire and Owen saw his duty as replacing him on the front line, though he kept this from him I believe.

Bez

Just had a read up on Owen and Sassoon on Wikipedia, it doesn't get any better does it....
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andyhaines

Quote from: Bez on November 11, 2008, 12:09:10 pm
Just had a read up on Owen and Sassoon on Wikipedia, it doesn't get any better does it....

If you are interested, Bez, then Pat Barker's "Regeneration" is a great novel. It is semi-biographical as it deals with Sassoon's (and Owen's) time at Craiglockhart, and Sassoon's relationship with his psychologist..

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34Poolboy

Good recommendation Andy, I definitely agree!

The Eye in the Door and The Ghost Road as well. Very emotional stuff!

döm

Quote from: andyhaines on November 11, 2008, 12:36:55 pm
If you are interested, Bez, then Pat Barker's "Regeneration" is a great novel. It is semi-biographical as it deals with Sassoon's (and Owen's) time at Craiglockhart, and Sassoon's relationship with his psychologist..


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