The War Poems Of Siegfried Sassoon

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At the dawn of World War I, a young English poet exchanged his pastoral pursuits of cricket, fox-hunting, and romantic verse for army life amid the muddy trenches of France. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) began the war with a sense of noble enterprise and fought fiercely, earning the nickname "Mad Jack" for his daring, near-suicidal assaults on enemy lines. His growing disillusionment with the tactics employed by the British army and with homefront profiteering culminated in a different act of courage: In 1917 he ...
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At the dawn of World War I, a young English poet exchanged his pastoral pursuits of cricket, fox-hunting, and romantic verse for army life amid the muddy trenches of France. Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) began the war with a sense of noble enterprise and fought fiercely, earning the nickname "Mad Jack" for his daring, near-suicidal assaults on enemy lines. His growing disillusionment with the tactics employed by the British army and with homefront profiteering culminated in a different act of courage: In 1917 he published an open letter proclaiming his "willful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it." Sassoon's epigrammatic and satirical poetry conveys the shocking brutality and pointlessness of the Great War. This collection comprises his greatest and most moving works, including "Counter-Attack," "'They'," "The General," and "Base Details." It traces his journey from idealism in the mode of Rupert Brooke, another poet of the era who wrote of the glories of war, to a new dimension of tragic wisdom-as reflected by a slogan that circulated among the British troops: "Went to war with Rupert Brooke, came home with Siegfried Sassoon."
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  • ISBN-13: 9781434638366
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar
  • Publication date: 10/11/2007
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
From The Old Huntsman And Other Poems (1917)
Absolution 1
Brothers 2
The Dragon and the Undying 3
France 4
To Victory 5
When I'm among a Blaze of Lights 6
Golgotha 7
A Mystic as Soldier 8
The Kiss 9
The Redeemer 10
A Subaltern 12
"In the Pink" 13
A Working Party 14
A Whispered Tale 16
"Blighters" 17
At Carnoy 18
To His Dead Body 19
Two Hundred Years After 20
"They" 21
Stand-to: Good Friday Morning 22
The One-Legged Man 23
Enemies 24
The Tombstone-Maker 25
Arms and the Man 26
Died of Wounds 27
The Hero 28
Stretcher Case 29
Conscripts 30
The Road 32
Secret Music 33
Haunted 34
Before the Battle 36
The Death-Bed 37
The Last Meeting 39
A Letter Home 44
From Counter-Attack And Other Poems (1918)
Prelude: The Troops 47
Counter-Attack 48
The Rear-Guard 50
Wirers 51
Attack 52
Dreamers 53
How to Die 54
The Effect 55
Twelve Months After 56
The Fathers 57
Base Details 58
The General 59
Lamentations 60
Does It Matter? 61
Fight to a Finish 62
Editorial Impressions 63
Suicide in the Trenches 64
Glory of Women 65
Their Frailty 66
The Hawthorn Tree 67
The Investiture 68
Trench Duty 69
Break of Day 70
To Any Dead Officer 72
Sick Leave 74
Banishment 75
Song-Books of the War 76
Thrushes 77
Autumn 78
Invocation 79
Repression of War Experience 80
The Triumph 82
Survivors 83
Joy-Bells 84
Remorse 85
Dead Musicians 86
The Dream 88
In Barracks 90
Together 91
From The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (1919)
Battalion Relief 92
The Dug-Out 93
I Stood With the Dead 94
In an Underground Dressing-Station 95
Atrocities 96
Return of the Heroes 97
Concert Party 98
Night on the Convoy 99
Reconciliation 100
Memorial Tablet (Great War) 101
Aftermath 102
Everyone Sang 104
From Picture-Show (1920)
Memory 105
Devotion to Duty 106
Alphabetical Index of Titles 107
Alphabetical Index of First Lines 111
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  • Posted December 15, 2012

    This poet has a great sense of humour about a terrible way in th

    This poet has a great sense of humour about a terrible way in the world. His poems are not really poems yet they make sense. It's a good read.

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