WWI and Modernism
WWI described in Dulce Et Decorum Est


     This will be a gallery of images that are from and relate to poems from World War 1. This image shows soldiers shuffling through trenches in what was called trench warfare. The soldiers in this image are crouched down to avoid being shot; this is also described in the poem by Wilfred Owen called "Dulce Et Decorum Est" in lines 1-4 saying "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." which also mentions how filthy the trenches would get which allowed diseases to easily spread and infect the soldiers. These trenches were dug as a way to take cover and get set up for an attack. The above-ground area between the two trenches (that being both the trench in this image and the enemies trench) was referred to as "no man's land". 

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circa. 20th century