War Poets. John McCrae.

by Daniel Russ on January 19, 2018

John McCrae


Canadian John McCrae volunteered for World War I and served as a brigade surgeon following an artillery unit. At the Second Battle of Ypres, he saw the horrors of war first hand, casualties of where the German chlorine gas. This is one of the most famous war poems of all time.




In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


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