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How the little Belgians could stop the German Empire (Part III)


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ilosz #1 Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:23 AM

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I would like to end with ‘Dulce Et Decorum Est’, a poem about World War I written by Wilfred Owen. It is a less know poem that talks about one of the greatest horror of the First World War: a gas attack. It describes the death of one of his fellow soldiers that wasn’t able to put his gas mask on. He further described the effect of the chlorine gas on this soldier. He hoped that with this poem the people, back in England would realize that war is cruel, futile and hard. That people, who have survived the horror can never go back to their home without the thought of this horror. In the last paragraph Owen tells about “the old lie”. He refers to a Roman poem written by Horace. Horace glorified dying for your country whereas Owen told the people that if you would see the horror of the war you would never ever tell that is a sweet honor to die for one’s country. Owen died on November the fourth in 1918 during an action at the Sambre-Oise channel. His mother received message of his death on the 11th of November when the church bells were ringing to celebrate the end of the war. He is buried in Ors. 

 

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mattijs55 #2 Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:47 AM

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It's impressive how this poem just "paints the image", like it's happening all just in front of you... Beautiful!

But how does this fit under the title "How the little Belgians could stop the German Empire"? Just curious.



ilosz #3 Posted 12 January 2014 - 10:56 AM

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View Postmattijs55, on 12 January 2014 - 10:47 AM, said:

It's impressive how this poem just "paints the image", like it's happening all just in front of you... Beautiful!

But how does this fit under the title "How the little Belgians could stop the German Empire"? Just curious.


These are the previous chapters, it may enlight your mind:

Part II: http://houseofilosz....-german_11.html

Part I: http://houseofilosz....top-german.html






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