Siegfried Sassoon
Kent / England
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Attack

Rating: 2.9
AT dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun,
Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud
The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,
They leave their trenches, going over the top,
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!
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Dr Antony Theodore 04 December 2020
Then, clumsily bowed With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear, Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire. experience, sadness, terror. tony
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Dr Antony Theodore 24 November 2018
hen, clumsily bowed With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear, Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire. Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear, They leave their trenches.........O Jesus make it stop. a fine poen´m. war, pain, fear, suffeirng, faced with death........ tony
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jeffrey 09 November 2018
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Sasoon Thebaboon 08 February 2016
great poem.... jks get a life mitch and michael
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Michael Thorpe 27 August 2017
just because you don't agree with them doesn't make their opinions invalid...
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Sasoon Thebaboon 08 February 2016
um... mitch and michlael do not agree get a life
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Mitch Lloyd 08 February 2016
very intense, i agree Micheal
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Michael Harmon 26 June 2009
This is about as close to feeling what trench warfare is like as I would ever wish to get; the second half of the final line stops you dead in your tracks.
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