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Military poems


Independent Study for November
I try to have students complete this Independent Study around Veteran’s Day. I’d honor those who have served in the military by having you write a response to a few poems relating to veterans and/or veteran’s day.
Please review these (see notes), then write a 1 ½ to 2-page response. If you have family or friends in the military or have been deployed yourself, please feel free to include that information, as well.

Iraqi veteran, Brian Turner’s poem, “Here, Bullet” :
Viet Nam veteran, Yusef Kumanyakaa’s poem and reading of “Facing It,” about the Viet Nam Memorial:
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/177382 (Click on the audio box to listen, and then read along with the text).
Randall Jarrell’s poem, “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner” comes from WWII:
Wilfred Owen , who died as a British soldier near the end of WWI, “Dulce et decorum est”:
Note: “dulce et decorum est pro patria mori” means it is sweet and right to die for one’s country
All four of my brothers served in the military (one in WWII and Korea, one in WWII, two in Viet Nam). This is my response to last Veteran’s Day, “11/11/11”:

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