Veterans Day brings to mind the work of poets on the war they have experienced, among them Wifred Owen, killed in action on November 4, 1918, fighting for England, a week before the World War I armistice. In his poem Dulce et Decorum Est (a Latin quotation from the Roman poet Horace: "It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country"), he describes the horrors suffered in modern warfare, concluding that the saying is an " old lie." In his famous poem, Owen emphasizes the tragedy, not the glory of war.
2/17/2020 09:18:18 pm
Where can I read the whole poem?
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Neva Herrington is a poet and former educator. She is currently working on a new book of poetry, a collection of short stories, and her memoir. Her inspiration comes from her own experience and the work of other poets.