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November 11, 2014

Dulce Et Decorum Est. ~ Wilfred Owen {Poem}

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Dulce Et Decorum Est.

I am not a student of war. In fact, I’ll admit my knowledge of our vast history is shamefully small, even whilst new horrors of war occur all over our planet.

Regardless of whether you are for or against the military, have an incredible grasp of historical facts or have forgotten everything you learned in school, take the time to listen to these words today.

Kenneth Branagh does an incredible job reading the words of Wilfred Owen, an English soldier whose poems were mostly published posthumously.

He dared to write about the ghastly horrors and terrifying truths of war, at a time when this was a world away from the public perception.

Dulce et Decorum est pro patria mori translates to, “It is sweet and beautiful to die for one’s country.”

Owen challenges this. The poem evoked a visceral reaction in me, and reminded me that whatever my varied opinions are on this topic, I am so very thankful for the freedoms I have today.

 

 

 

 

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Author: Keeley Milne

Editor: Emily Bartran

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