This study guide will help you analyse the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, composition, characters and speaker, language and style, rhythm and rhyme, imagery and metaphors, theme and message.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “In Flanders Fields”
Author: John McCrae
Published in: “Punch” (magazine)
Date of Publication: 1915
John McCrae (1872-1918) was a Canadian poet, soldier, and physician. His best-known poem is “In Flanders Fields” which was inspired by the author’s experiences as a soldier in World War I. The poem is said to have been discarded by the poet, who was not pleased with its composition. But his fellow soldiers retrieved it and, subsequently, the poem has become known worldwide. The poem is now a symbol of Remembrance Day across the Commonwealth countries.
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