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Answer Questions on a Poem: 'Dulce Et Decorum Est'

In this worksheet, students will read the first part of the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and use their skills to extract and interpret information.

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Read the first half of the famous poem by Wilfred Owen below. It is describing the conditions soldiers in the First World War (1914-1918) had to live through when they were in the trenches.

 

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Dulce Et Decorum Est

 

WW1

 

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,

Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,

Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs

And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots

But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;

Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots

Of disappointed shells that dropped behind.

 

GAS! Gas! Quick, boys!-- An ecstasy of fumbling,

Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;

But someone still was yelling out and stumbling

And floundering like a man in fire or lime.--

Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light

As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

 

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,

He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning...

 

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Now answer the following questions on this extract. If you need to read it again as you go through the activity, just click on the red help button on the screen.

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