Dulce et Decorum est
Themes in the Humanities
One of the most famous poems to be written in WWI, this poem examines the reality of war. The title is a reference to Roman poet Horace: “It is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country.”
Wilfred Owen died at only 25 in action, making his examination of war, life and death particularly poignant. Poem originally published in Poems in 1921.
The poem is believed to be in the Public Domain in the United States. The website is under the copyright of the Poetry Foundation.
Owen, Wilfred. "Dulce et Decorum est." Poetry Foundation, 2021. Retrieved from https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46560/dulce-et-decorum-est.