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In Flanders Fields

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In Flanders Fields by John McCrae (May 1915)

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Leonard Cohen recites “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae | Legion Magazine

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In Flanders Fields - Song and Slideshow

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In Flanders Fields by John McCrae – Hear and Read the Poem

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In Flanders Fields - Dramatic Reading/Visual Poem

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres. According to legend, fellow soldiers retrieved the poem after McCrae, initially dissatisfied with his work, discarded it. "In Flanders Fields" was first published on December 8 of that year in the London magazine Punch.