Horace – Wilfred Owen

Horace (proverb):
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
Wilfred Owen:
Dulce et Decorum Est
(8 October 1917 – March, 1918)
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our 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 tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped 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 dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest 
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori.

horaceWilfred Owen


2 responses to “Horace – Wilfred Owen

  1. I used to agree with Horace. Now I’m not sure it’s worth dying for, let alone right and sweet/just/as-it-should-be. Once it was. But the last couple of generations haven’t had to die for or fight for anything and have grown soft. Thus the country has grown soft. Thus it isn’t worth dying for.
    It’d be worth dying to make the country great again. That’s something else again.

  2. Wilfred Owen’s sarcasm or at least now. Sarcasm is just another service I offer and is more familiar 😛 But of course I always act the opposite to what I say, so there’s no point in even trying to say if I agree with one or another, because I really don’t know. Just a nice topic to think a lot and have a great headache. Thanks J

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