poet Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

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Absolution

The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes
Till beauty shines in all that we can see.
War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise,
And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

Horror of wounds and anger at the foe,
And loss of things desired; all these must pass.
We are the happy legion, for we know
Time’s but a golden wind that shakes the grass.

There was an hour when we were loth to part
From life we longed to share no less than others.
Now, having claimed this heritage of heart,
What need we more, my comrades and my brothers?

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (11/14/2017 11:38:00 PM)

    Beauty of expression to expose the common thoughts people think commonly with worries and tensions. Actually reading this piece of word-art we, the reader, could come to a conclusion that what happens everyday on earth, happens for a betterness......
    We are the happy legion, for we know
    Time’s but a golden wind that shakes the grass.

    Any way, enjoyed the writing from a romantic realist. Thanks PH for posting.

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  • Savita Tyagi (11/14/2017 10:34:00 PM)

    This poem is certainly an absolution. Most wars are started by powerful leaders to make others slave. One who fight to keep their freedom don’t sing about glory of war.

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  • Muzahidul RezaMuzahidul Reza (11/14/2017 6:33:00 PM)

    Horror of wounds and anger at the foe, wonderfully penned

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  • Anthony LoudinAnthony Loudin (11/14/2017 6:12:00 PM)

    i enjoy the way you structured each word. Very Nice!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/14/2017 2:24:00 PM)

    Golden wind! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (11/14/2017 1:45:00 PM)

    Such an inspiring poem by Siegfried Sassoon.....

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (11/14/2017 12:33:00 PM)

    Nobody likes war but when it is thrust upon you, you have a right as well as a duty to defend your country. Otherwise, the life has no meaning. Thanks for sharing.
    War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise,
    And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

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  • Kishor Kumar MishraKishor Kumar Mishra (11/14/2017 10:03:00 AM)

    A Nice Poem.

    War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise,
    And, fighting for our freedom, we are free.

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (11/14/2017 6:42:00 AM)

    This is the present reality we are living in. A thought provoking write.
    'There was an hour when we were loth to part
    From life we longed to share no less than others.
    Now, having claimed this heritage of heart,
    What need we more, my comrades and my brothers? '...is very meaningful. Thanks for sharing and Congrats.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/14/2017 5:46:00 AM)

    A poem with great theme. Congratulations to your soul for being selected as the poem of the day.

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  • Elaine SeptElaine Sept (11/14/2017 4:33:00 AM)

    Such a topical poem based on the current climate of the world and the changes from the uprising of hatred.
    The quest and the question are both the same...
    If not for humanity, then what?

    Great job! Congratulations

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  • Robert (11/14/2017 12:13:00 AM)

    I have no time for war poems.

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