In Flanders Fields by John McCrae

“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”

The poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae is an extremely famous.  I found it to be very interesting how the author managed to put so much detail into this short little poem.   The excerpt that I chose is explaining how the soldiers have been killed  but that just a few days before they lived a nice life of love and now Flanders fields is their resting place.  This battle took place during World War I between the Germans and the British where the Germans used chemical weapons on their foes.  It’s heart wrenching to think about how these men lived lives like ours where they had loved ones and now because of a short battle they are no longer with us.  Later on in the Poem it talks about how poppies are growing in Flanders fields which represents life coming from death and time moving on from the battle.


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