WWI Poem by War Surgeon Continues to Inspire 100 Years After It Was Written

Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae’s famous poem, “In Flanders Field“ was first published in England’s Punch magazine in December 1915. The poem symbolizes the sacrifices of all who were fighting in the First World War and became one of the of the most popular and quoted poem of the war.

In Flanders Fields remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. “It gets to your soul. It gets to your emotions. It makes you feel that you’re part of this continuum, be it war or peace.”

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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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