Wilfred Owen – Dulce Et Decorum Est

I hear people stupidly called for civil war in the States. The words of the poets and the traumas of the survivors of war seem not to make an impression on some minds.
War is a violation of all people, both the victims and perpetrators.

Opher's World

The old lie – it is sweet and proper to die for the fatherland.

Dulce Et Decorum Est

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned out 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…

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16 thoughts on “Wilfred Owen – Dulce Et Decorum Est

    1. I agree with you. I think Iraq, Syria and Libya are testimony to that. People have short memories and little understanding of the horrors of war. I hope you are well and your experience was not too traumatic.

  1. Hey Teacher! The Latin title has lost half of itself and the translation isn’t too clever.
    Some say education isn’t what it used to be…

    1. David/Andrew – I think we’ve already been through this one once before.
      The title of the poem is Dulce Et Decorum Est.
      The last line of the poem is Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori.
      The translation is spot on. I didn’t do it. My two years of Latin did not get me to a high enough standard to do much translation – I trust the experts – though in this case it is not too hard
      The Latin title is taken from the Roman poet Horace and means “it is sweet and honorable…”, followed by pro patria mori, which means “to die for one’s country” – or ‘It is sweet and proper to die for one’s fatherland’ – depending on how you interpret the Latin.

  2. Huc aliquis mihi missae.
    Salve Opher, diu non loqui.
    Gemitumque… ne iterum! Quam multis partibus quae nunc est? Forsitan quater? Tamen idem error circa quartum? Hoc est hilares. Tu contritum quasi record – contritum record – contritum record – contritum record, pro hoc ad infinitum.
    Disputatio ineptias non te tedium, Opher. Senex caerimonia de turba inanis et falsa gloriantes in parte fantasy namque vobis videtur amandu, et bene vivere. Lol. Nihil mutationes, non facit eam. Solito negotium. Quid fraudis tu es.
    Diende usque ad tempus, amicus meus et fatuus.

    1. Aah – finally broken ground and appearing under your own name. How quaint.
      Are we meant to be impressed with your Latin? I’m sorry my two years of Latin doesn’t enable me to get more than a gist.
      Glad you find your trolling hilarious. Reflects more on you though doesn’t it?
      Sad.

      1. I’d very much doubt that you have any level of “gist”! Lol. Omnino supra omnia posse quam.
        No, you are completely wrong with that naive assumption. As always.
        Is that the royal “we” you have prompted (or promoted)? Lol.
        People send over items for my amusement. I no longer give this blog any said time, but there’s always an occasion worthy of some merriment and your knowledge of Latin – and anything to do with it – is always worthy of a giggle – at your expense.
        Quite how you can ascertain that one post – in the true spirit of your post – is in any way trolling, simply supports the notion that you are indeed a twisted and angry mentis peccatum commiserunt.

      2. The strange thing is that you spent so much time making up names and leaving such arrogant tripe on my blog. I find that amusing. You obviously have a major character flaw or far too much time on your hands.

  3. And here you are trotting out verbatim to others what I had in fact had to enlighten you upon some while back in reference to the origins of the works of Horace.
    You hadn’t a bloody clue before that point – and here you are flaunting some kind of ownership and talking down to people using this same information.
    You toady-copy-cat. You’re such a fraudulent individual.

    1. Your arrogance is only exceeded by your unpleasantness.
      You have enlightened me on nothing. I studied Owen years ago. I have used that poem many times and was completely aware of the Horace connection decades before you crawled on to the scene.
      Unbelievable!

  4. I very much think that most people now fully understand that about you and have fled the nest. Having looked around your blog the last ten minutes on previous posts, you’re very much on your own talking to yourself because you deserve to be.

    1. Andrew – your ham-fisted attempts to troll my blog under various guises is not only childish but extremely odious. One wonders why you go to so much trouble to be vindictive and unpleasant?
      The essence of your character shows through in all your puerile aliases. So much trouble – so little sense.
      My blog is doing very nicely thanks. My followers are increasing by the week. I don’t get too many comments but I do get plenty of likes. Suits me fine.

      1. Likes? It’s inter-action that counts. Meaningless “likes” mean nothing.
        In this case they obviously don’t realise that something is wrong with the wording, so what value are their “likes” really worth? You could say Latin is the fastest developing language in the world and they’d tick “like”. Look at all these tweets with fake or false or “mistaken” information coming from some MP’s that get loads of “likes”, because fools are in fact stupid. Come back down to reality please.

      2. Trudy – might be for you. Doesn’t for me. I have limited time and I already spend far too much time. I get a lot of hits, likes and an increasing number of followers. Good enough for me.

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