This is the second installment in the War Is A lie series from Historydojo. To read the first installment, please begin here.
Wilfred Owen understood war.
His poem Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori was written about war, from a battlefield, by someone who would die soon after writing it.
Wilfred Owen understood war. He died just one week before the end of the First World War. His life is significant only because of the five poems he wrote. Each is a marker to a life so beautiful, a heart so piercing and a genius tragically lost. One five of his poems survive. He died at the age of twenty five. What he might have written had he lived another fifty years is forever lost to us. Because of war.
His poem Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori is a valuable historical document, describing the futility and finality of war. The title comes from the Latin, meaning,”It is good and proper to die for your country.” It was a pledge made by Roman legionnaires as they marched off to conquer. Their fight, of course, was much different from the industrialized killing that marked the fighting in World War One, and which ultimately took the life of Wilfred Owen.
The poem describes the beginning of a poison gas attack on the front lines:
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Latin phrase is from the Roman poet Horace: “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”