| Quote #1
"My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
In this deeply ironic account of the efforts to get young men to enroll in the armed forces, the "zest" for patriotism and glory is undercut by all of the horrors that occur earlier in the poem. Owen's choice of the word "children" is an interesting one: it points to an innocence that will be lost forever once the "boys" step onto the battlefield.
| Quote #2
"Dulce et decorum est
Read by schoolchildren throughout Britain, this excerpt from Horace's works can be translated as "It is sweet and proper to die for one's country."