Sassoon, Who Lived Through World War One And Who Died In , Was, As The Introduction To This Book Tells Us, Irritated In His Later Years At Always Being Thought Of As A War Poet Understandable Perhaps From The Point Of View Of The Poet Readers On The Other Hand Might Wish To Demur The Poems Gathered Here And Chronologically Ordered, Thereby Tracing The Course Of The War, Are An Extraordinary Testimony To The Almost Unimaginable Experiences Of A Combatant In That Bitter Conflict Moving From The Patriotic Optimism Of The First Few Poems Fighting For Our Freedom, We Are Free To The Anguish And Anger Of The Later Work Where Hope, With Furtive Eyes And Grappling Fists Flounders In Mud , There Comes A Point When The Reality Of Trench Warfare And Its Aftershocks Move Beyond Comprehension Sassoon Knows This, And It Becomes A Powerful Element In His Art As A Book, The Images Have A Cumulative Relentlessness That Make It Almost Impossible To Read Than A Few Poems In One SittingUnlike The Avant Garde Experiments Developing In Europe In The First Decades Of This Century, Sassoon S Verse Is Formally Conservative But This Was Perhaps Necessary, For As One Reads The Poems, One Feels That The Form, The Classically Inflected Tropes, The Metre And Rhyme, Apart From Ironising The Rhetoric Of Glory And Battle Were Necessary Techniques For Containing The Emotion And Indeed, A Tone Of Barely Controlled Irony May Have Been The Only Means By Which These Angry Observations Would Have Been Considered Publishable At The Time When Sassoon S Line Begins To Fragment, As It Does In Several Of The Later Poems, It Is Under The Extreme Pressure To Express The Inexpressible Compassion And Sympathy Are Omnipresent Here, In Their Full Etymological Sense Of Suffering With Or Alongside Others Something The Higher Echelons Of Command Those Old Men Who Died Slow, Natural Deaths Old Men With Ugly Souls Were Never Able Or Willing To Contemplate But Sassoon Intuited The Future Of Warfare, Could Sense That This Was Not The War To End All Wars The Mock Religious Invocation Of The Final Poem Prefigures The Vicious Euphemisms Of Recent Conflicts Grant Us The Power To Prove, By Poison Gases, The Needlessness Of Shedding Human Blood Sassoon S Bile Black Irony Signals A Deep Felt Pessimism It Was With Good Reason Burhan Tufail


10 thoughts on “The War Poems

  1. James James says:

    As noted in my Wilfred Owen review I am by no means a great poetry reader and as such, not best placed to provide a review of a collection of poetry We were force fed the War Poets of the Great War whilst at school a process which was both counter productive and alienating from the poems Only now have I felt able to revisit these poets with a clear, open and comparatively unsullied mind.Sassoon is forever defined by his poems of the Great War and as a War Poet due to his literary out As noted in my Wilfred Owen review I am by no means a great poetry reader and as such, not best placed to provide a review of a collection of poetry We were force fed the War Poets of the Great War whilst at school a process which was both counter productive an...


  2. Brad Brad says:

    This letter, A Soldier s Declaration, explains why Siegfried Sassoon is a great poet of WWI, and it contains all of why I love him Enjoy.I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defense and liberation, has now become a war of aggress This letter, A Soldier s Declaration, explains why Siegfried Sassoon is a great poet of WWI, and it contains all of why I love him Enjoy.I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defense and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this...


  3. Chris Chris says:

    Sassoon knew both Graves and Owen These poems written during, or after, the Great War are at once dark, forbidding, cynical, and beautiful Some poems are addressed to men Sassoon knew, such as Graves while others address tho...


  4. Trish Trish says:

    I almost forgot about this book Until a discussion here made me remind my favourite poem from this collection Suicide In the Trenches So today I spent about an hour trying to find the book in one of the boxes underneath my bed yes, I have to keep boxes full of books there After finally finding it, I thought I d read one or two poems but I couldn t stop.Siegfried Sassoon lived from 1886 until 1967 which means he personally witnessed both World Wars After some pretty casual years livin I almost forgot about this book Until a discussion here made me remind my favourite poem from this collection Suicide In the Trenches So today I spent about an hour trying to find the book in one of the boxes underneath my bed yes, I have to keep boxes full of books there After finally finding it, I thought I d read one or two poems but I couldn t stop.Siegfried Sassoon lived from 1886 until 1967 which means he personally witnessed both World Wars After some pretty casual years living with his mother and not working apparently the family had enough money , he volunteered in 1914 In the military he had a reputation for getting himself into dangerous situations unnecessarily Funnily enough, after being wounded repeatedly and spending some time back in England, he refused to go back to...


  5. Laura Laura says:

    Free download available at Project Gutenberg.CONTENTSIPRELUDE THE TROOPSDREAMERSTHE REDEEMERTRENCH DUTYWIRERSBREAK OF DAYA WORKING PARTYSTAND TO GOOD FRIDAY MORNING IN THE PINK THE HEROBEFORE THE BATTLETHE ROADTWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTERTHE DREAMAT CARNOYBATTALION RELIEFTHE DUG OUTTHE REAR GUARDI STOOD WITH THE DEADSUICIDE IN TRENCHESATTACKCOUNTER ATTACKTHE EFFECTREMORSEIN AN UNDERGROUND DRESSING STATIONDIED OF WOUNDSII THEY BASE DETAILSLAMENTATIONSTHE GENERALHOW TO DIEEDITORIAL IMPRESSIONSFIGHT T Free download available at Project Gutenberg.CONTENTSIPRELUDE THE TROOPSDREAMERSTHE REDEEMERTRENCH DUTYWIRERSBREAK OF DAYA WORKING PARTYSTAND TO GOOD FRIDAY MORNING IN THE PINK THE HEROBEFORE THE BATTLETHE ROADTWO HUNDRED YEARS AFTERTHE DREAMAT CARNOYBATTALION RELIEFTHE DUG OUTTHE REAR GUARDI STOOD WITH THE DEADSUICIDE IN TRENCHESATTACKCOUNTER ATTACKTHE EFFECTREMORSEIN AN UNDERGROUND DRESSING STATIONDIE...


  6. Bettie☯ Bettie☯ says:

    we mark the centeniary of the beginning of WW1, a war that I refuse to call Great, I shall dip into some Sassoon over the next four years even though I have marked it read.ABOUT THE AUTHOR Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC 8 September 1886 1 September 1967 was an eminent English poet, writer, and soldier Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War His poetry both described the horrors of we mark the centeniary of the beginning of WW1, a war that ...


  7. Dan Dan says:

    I really enjoyed this collection No surprise here Sassoon is one of the most widely read poets of the 20th century Here he uses direct rhyme schemes in a modernist style I found a 1 3 of the poems to be quite beautiful and image provoking The only drawback is that he rarely uses anything other than direct rhyming conventions A lot of Sassoon s poems here ooze resentment both towards British families back home with little understanding of the horrors of the war and towards an establishment I really enjoyed this collection No surprise here Sassoon is one of the most widely read poets of the 20th century Here he uses direct rhyme schemes in a modernist style I found a 1 3 of the poems to be quite beautiful and image provoking The only drawback is that he rarely uses anything other than direct rhyming conventions A lot of Sassoo...


  8. Anitra Anitra says:

    Sassoon is a surgeon of a poet He can cut out your heart in ten lines He should have lived in the twitter era If anyone could make 140 characters sting or sing it would be Sassoon.He sucks you in with banality the happy young soldier, the troops marching past a general and then smacks you with a harsh reality happy soldier commits suicide,...


  9. Isca Silurum Isca Silurum says:

    The human condition.


  10. Courtney Johnston Courtney Johnston says:

    I saved this up specially for Anzac Day, as a the personal is political gesture I mean no disrespect to those who have fought in wars for the New Zealand government I hesitate to say for New Zealand here and to those who lost friends and family to the war, but there s a maudlin sentimentality to the way we approach the two Word Wars in this country that makes my gut churn.I think this is only going to get worse as we approach the 100th anniversary of the First World War If I was in charge I saved this up specially for Anzac Day, as a the personal is political gesture I mean no disrespect to those who have fought in wars for the New Zealand government I hesitate to say for New Zealand here and to those who lost friends and family to the war, but there s a maudlin sentimentality to the way we approach the two Word Wars in this country that makes my gut churn.I think this is only going to get worse as we approach the 100th anniversary of the First World War If I was in charge of the country, instead of the inevitable events and junkets and speeches and memorial services, I d order 24 hour readings of books like Archie Baxter s We Shall Not Cease ...