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Dulce Et Decorum Est by ringosdiamond Dulce Et Decorum Est by ringosdiamond
"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. "


(Wilfred Owen)

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1914-1918
We Shall Remember

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GIMP 2.2
Original image :: In Flanders Fields
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el-la-jongleuse Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
Very dramatic, I love how the poppy looks like blood-pool. And the old photography stylization completed image, the sky is amazing.
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Kusrio Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
The poppy symbolizes the death of a soldier in the first World War, right?

It's a beautiful image, which is very fitting for the horrifying poem by Wilfred Owen.
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, and I'm glad that I don't need to drive all the way up to West Flanders just to get a shot of a poppy -- though those are THE poppies you want to use when talking about WWI... yeah still not worth a two-hour drive. Though I am planning to revisit Ypres one of these days...

Thanks, glad you like this!
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blk-panther Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
Congratulations on a beautiful image for Owen's poem..
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xxFEExx Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student General Artist
We're studying Wilfred Owen at school at the moment
I love this poem
especially the last bit
"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"
It makes me want to cry
I love it
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Cosmic-girl88 Featured By Owner May 20, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god, this is simply beautiful. i am simply obsessed with WW1 literature and poetry, we did it for A level and I have never looked back! Do you have a favourite war poet? Mine is definately Wilfred Owen, but i like Sassoon, Charles Sorley, Isaac Rosenberg and Robert Graves.
Cosmic* xx
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Owen, all the way. But Sassoon and Rosenberg are also magnificent.

Glad you like this! :cuddle:
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Cosmic-girl88 Featured By Owner May 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for Owen. I really want to draw him again. I did a little piece of just his profile about 2 years ago but would love to skecth him again.
Keep up the fabulous work!
Cosmic* xx
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boldlyplunging Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
I totally missed this one. It's gorgeous and lovely tribute. It's also a great poem - I was listening to this piano piece whilst reading it and it thoroughly depressed me.
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I made it for LJ, but then I decided to share it with my dA buddies as well.

This poem is by far the best WWI poem ever written. It's raw and realistic, just the way war poetry should be. there is no glory in war, especially not the Great War.
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boldlyplunging Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Well said.
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PaniFilth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
stupid emoticons - patriotism
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha, I hate it when the emotions do that. *grrr*

I don't know if we've seen this poem in high school -- during English we would focus on some very famous war poems so chances are this one got selected one year. I know our teachers used to look at several poems each year -- but she'd also let us listen to a song about WWI, for instance "The Green Fields of France", which is absolutely gorgeous.
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PaniFilth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
I forgot to say that in general I don't like rhymes in poems, but this one is amazing :heart:
And that's sad - if we talk about WWI poetry at school (that's really rare), we talk only about Polish authors (I guess I've never seen any English author in none of my literature books). That's sad, because such good pieces just pass in front of our eyes (but in my school it's called ';patriotism' -_- )
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SoulLostAtSea Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
:sniff::cries:
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:cling:
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PaniFilth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
"The old Lie; Dulce et Decorum est
Pro patria mori." <-- I love it :heart:
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
That's my favourite line, it smacks the truth right in your face -- and that's why I love it.
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PaniFilth Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
exactly :)
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hidingbehindglass Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
i wish we studied stuff like that here in the States. i've never even heard of this poem until just a few seconds ago.
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
WHAT??? They didn't teach you about WWI poetry? It's poems like this that can help us understand the mistakes of the past, and in a way it brings us closer to the horror of the war than any historical report ever could.

*shocked*
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hidingbehindglass Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
no, we were taught what happened, and even then it was a bit glossed over.
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Ferrygirl Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
I had to write an essay about this poem for my English GCSE in 1999.
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ringosdiamond Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
If we hadn't discussed it during part of English Literature at university, I'd have made an assignment about this poem as well.

It's my favourite war poem ever!
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