To read it on the page is one thing. To hear it read this well, is another thing entirely.
Image: By Thomas Keith Aitken (Second Lieutenant) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
“Dulce et Decorum est” is a poem written byWilfred OwenduringWorld War I, and published posthumously in 1920. The Latin title is taken from the Roman poetHoraceand means “it is sweet and honorable…”, followed by pro patria mori, which means “to die for one’s country”. Owen’s poem is known for its horrific imagery and condemnation of war.
I came across this poem a few days ago, and thought it was a powerful statement of the reality of war. Dulce et Decorum est is just one of a collection of poetry readings remembering World War 1 (Channel 4 2013). You can watch the other videos of those poems on this You Tube channel.