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On November 4, 1918 Wilford Owens, one of the most famous poets of WWI,  was killed in action at age 25, just one week before the Armistice that would bring the First World War to an end. Only five of his poems had been published when he died; most of his most famous war poems would be published after his death.

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Asleep by Wilford Owens

Under his helmet, up against his pack,
After so many days of work and waking,
Sleep took him by the brow and laid him back.

There, in the happy no-time of his sleeping,
Death took him by the heart. There heaved a quaking
Of the aborted life within him leaping,
Then chest and sleepy arms once more fell slack.

And soon the slow, stray blood came creeping
From the intruding lead, like ants on track.

Whether his deeper sleep lie shaded by the shaking
Of great wings, and the thoughts that hung the stars,
High-pillowed on calm pillows of God’s making,
Above these clouds, these rains, these sleets of lead,
And these winds’ scimitars,
-Or whether yet his thin and sodden head
Confuses more and more with the low mould,
His hair being one with the grey grass
Of finished fields, and wire-scrags rusty-old,
Who knows? Who hopes? Who troubles? Let it pass!
He sleeps. He sleeps less tremulous, less cold,
Than we who wake, and waking say Alas!

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Did you know that?…

– World-wide, rabbits are the third most popular pet, behind dogs and cats.

– Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision. They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind-spot in front of their nose.

– Rabbits have extremely strong hind limbs which allow them to leap great distances. They can jump up to one meter high and three meters long.

– The rabbit is one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. It represents graciousness, kindness, sensitivity, compassion, tenderness and elegance.

– A female rabbit is called a doe, A male rabbit is called a buck, and  young rabbit is called a kit (or kitten).

– Rabbits have a lifespan of around 10 years.

– The European rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren.

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