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In Flanders FieldsIn Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on rowThat mark our place and in the skyThe larks still bravely singing flyScarce heard amid the guns belowWe are the Dead Short days agoWe lived felt dawn saw sunset glowLoved and were loved and now we lieIn Flanders fieldsTake up our quarrel with the foeTo you from failing hands we throwThe torch be yours to hold it highIf ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep though poppies growIn Flanders fields John McCraes In Flanders Fields as a Canadian Cultural Artifact The poem In Flanders Fields written by Canadian John McCrae remains one of the most important and memorable pieces of war poems ever written John McCrae came from a respectable family and became a soldier doctor author teacher Though he wrote textbooks on medicine and numerous poems he will be forever remembered as being the voice of the many who had fallen during WWI In Flanders Field stirred the hearts of soldiers and their familys everywhere- not just Canada In a simple language and with flowing verse it vividly evoked the situation and emotions of the front line troops John McCraes poem later inspired the poppy to become the symbol of Remembrance and sacrifice John McCrae was born in Guelph Ontario on November 301872 to two established respectable and hardworking Scottish parents David McCrae and Janet Simpson Eckford The McCraes were staunch Presbyterians with the resilience and self-reliance of second-generation pioneers in Canada David McCrae instilled a strong sense of duty and healthy respect for military values in his two sons John McCrae was offered a scholarship from the University of Toronto in 1888 where he went on to study physiology and pathology as well McCrae wrote poetry for the school paper The Varsity From there he graduated from medical school with a gold medal for his outstanding academic performance
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