In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields is probably the most famous poem to come out of the First World War. It was written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae of the Canadian army in May 1915.The poem was immediately popular and became a hugely important piece of propaganda. It is still iconic today and plays an important part in Remembrance Day services across the British Commonwealth.

Flanders Field American Cemetery and Memorial

The 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.

Written by John McCrae (May 1915)