IN FLANDERS FIELDS

- By John McCrae
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Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae (November 30, 1872 – January 28, 1918) was a Canadian poet, physician, author, artist and soldier during World War I, and a surgeon during the Second Battle of Ypres, in Belgium. He is best known for writing the famous war memorial poem "In Flanders Fields". McCrae died of pneumonia near the end of the war. McCrae was born in McCrae House in Guelph, Ontario to Lieutenant-Colonel David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford; he was the grandson of Scottish immigrants from Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire. His brother, Dr. Thomas McCrae, became professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore and close associate of Sir William Osler. His sister Geills married James Kilgour, a justice of the Court of King's Bench, and moved to Winnipeg.[1]

IN FLANDERS FIELDS

"Diksmuide Death trenches IJzer" by VISITFLANDERS is licensed under CC by-NC-SA 2.0.

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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Words: 97

Unique Words : 71

Sentences : 5

Reading Time : 0:25

Noun : 32

Conjunction : 6

Adverb : 6

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 4

Pronoun : 13

Verb : 16

Preposition : 13

Letter Count : 390

Sentiment : Negative

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 21

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