In Flanders’s Fields
In Flanders Fields is one of the most notable poems written during World War I, created in the form of a French rondeau.
It has been called “the most popular poem” produced during that period. Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote it on 3 May 1915 after he witnessed the death of his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, 22 years old, the day before.
The poem was first published on 8 December of that year in the London-based magazine Punch.
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