Sunday, May 25, 2008

Nothing “sweet and fitting” about it...

From the battlefield, watching others die, and finally dying there himself, Wilfred Owen* issued the correction to Horace**:
“ would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.”
Another Memorial Day, and still we are in Iraq with no end in sight. When will we ever learn?
* from “Dulce Et Decorum Est” by Wilfred Owen, 1918
** “Sweet and fitting it is to die for one’s country.” Horace, Odes III.ii.13

Image (modified) from wikipedia


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