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History, War Literature
The poem "Dulce et Decorum Est" is written from the first-person point of view of an unnamed soldier.
"Dulce et Decorum Est" begins in the past tense as the speaker recalls his wartime experience. It shifts into the present tense in the final two stanzas as the speaker narrates his recurring nightmare and directly addresses "my friend."
The Latin title "Dulce et Decorum Est" means "It is sweet and fitting." It is part of a longer Latin quotation that is included in the final lines of the poem—"Dulce et decorum est / Pro patria mori"—which is a line from Ode 3.2 of the Roman poet Horace (65 BCE–8 BCE). It is commonly translated as "It is sweet and fitting to die for one's country."
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