Siegfried Sassoon was perhaps the most innocent of the war poets. John Hildebidle has called Sassoon the "accidental hero." Born into a wealthy Jewish family in 1886, Sassoon lived the pastoral life of a young squire: fox-hunting, playing cricket, golfing and writing romantic verses.
Being an innocent, Sassoon's reaction to the realities of the war were all the more bitter and violent -- both his reaction through his poetry and his reaction on the battlefield (where, after the death of fellow officer David Thomas and his brother Hamo at Gallipoli, Sassoon earned the nickname "Mad Jack" for his near-suicidal exploits against the German lines -- in the early manifestation of his ... more »
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''But the past is just the same,and War's a bloody game. . . .Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet. Aftermath (l. 7-9). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt, B...
Have you forgotten yet? . . .
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never
''Do you remember the stretcher-cases lurching backSiegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet. Aftermath (l. l9-21). . . Modern British Poetry. Louis Untermeyer, ed. (7th rev. ed., 1962) Harcourt,...
With dying eyes and lolling heads, those ashen-gray
Masks of the lads who once were keen and kind and gay?''
''And when the war is done and youth stone dead,Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet. Base Details (l. 9-10). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Ox...
I'd toddle safely home and diein bed.''
''If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath,Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet. Base Details (l. 1-3). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxf...
I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base,
And speed glum heroes up the line to death,''
''And there'd be no more jokes in Music-hallsSiegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), British poet. Blighters (l. 7-8). . . Oxford Book of Short Poems, The. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie, eds. Oxford...
To mock the riddled corpses round Bapaume.''
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