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Primera guerra mundial. Aquil·les a les trinxeres dels Dardanels. Patrick Shaw-Stewart («Achilles in the trench»)

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“Thy want of arms (said Iris) well we know;
But though unarm’d, yet clad in terrors, go!
Let but Achilles o’er yon trench appear,
Proud Troy shall tremble, and consent to fear;
Greece from one glance of that tremendous eye
Shall take new courage, and disdain to fly.”

She spoke, and pass’d in air. The hero rose:
Her aegis Pallas o’er his shoulder throws;
Around his brows a golden cloud she spread;
A stream of glory flamed above his head.

Iliad, XVIII. Translated by Alexander Pope

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Trinxeres als Dardanels. Illustrated War News

Trinxeres als Dardanels, batalla de Gal·lípoli (1915-1916). Illustrated War News

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ACHILLES IN THE TRENCH

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I saw a man this morning
Who did not wish to die;
I ask, and cannot answer,
if otherwise wish I.

Fair broke the day this morning
Upon the Dardanelles:
The breeze blew soft, the morn’s cheeks
Were cold as cold sea-shells.

But other shells are waiting
Across the Aegean Sea;
Shrapnel and high explosives,
Shells and hells for me.

Oh Hell of ships and cities,
Hell of men like me,
Fatal second Helen,
Why must I follow thee?

Shaw-Stewart

Patrick Houston Shaw-Stewart (17 August 1888 – 30 December 1917)

Achilles came to Troyland
And I to Chersonese;
He turned from wrath to battle,
And I from three days’ peace.

Was it so hard, Achilles,
So very hard to die?
Thou knowest, and I know not;
So much the happier am I.

I will go back this morning
From Imbros o’er the sea.
Stand in the trench, Achilles,
Flame-capped, and shout for me.

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Patrick Shaw-Stewart

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Trinxera de comunicació als Dardanels. Foto: Imperial War Museum

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