Poppy
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Poppy

The poppy is a wildflower that commonly bloomed on the battlefields of the Western Front. A perennial that grows in disturbed soil, the poppy would be one of the first plants to sprout in the barren stretches of no man’s land. Because of its red color, the poppy became a symbol of the copious soldiers’ deaths and bloodshed during the war, especially in the British war and remembrance culture. The poppy likewise developed into a symbol of new life on the blood-soaked battlefields, of hope an…

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Reimann, Aribert, “Poppy”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0471>
First published online: 2015



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