Facts About “In Flanders Fields” Poem

Printable Flanders Fields Poem

Printable Flanders Fields Poem






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  • ‘In Flanders Fields’ is a very famous poem written in May, 1915
  • It is a poem written by a man called John McCrae who fought in World War 1 (1914-1918).
  • John McCrae was a Canadian Major.
  • It is thought that McCrae wrote the poem after a friend of his, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed in battle by German artillery.
  • It is synonymous with Veterans Day/Remembrance Day.
  • Flanders Fields are in Southern Belgium and North-West France.
  • Poppies were everywhere on the battlefields of WWI which is why they are so prominent in remembering that war and subsequently became a symbol of remembrance for all wars.


“In Flanders Fields” Poem:

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.

John McCrae 1915


For more information visit http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/john-mccrae-in-flanders-fields-inspiration.htm

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