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Writing on War


This quotation from the biography of John McCRAE provides context for the creation of his famous poem:

“The poem for which McCrae is chiefly remembered, ‘In Flanders fields,’ was written while he was waiting for the wounded to arrive at his dugout. It was inspired particularly by the death of his friend Alexis Helmer on 2 May. Published in the London magazine Punch in December 1915, it rapidly became the most popular English-language poem of the war.”

To learn more about this author and others who wrote on the subject of war, we invite you to explore the list of biographies.

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