Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967 / Kent / England)

Siegfried Sassoon
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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 ... more »

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  • Megan Serena (9/23/2018 5:43:00 AM)

    Is there any poems suitable for a year 9 homework task Really appreciate it

  • Tricia (8/28/2018 4:54:00 PM)

    can anyone help as I am sure Siegfried Sassoon wrote a poem about a victoiran train starting, The passengers stand in pools of wintry light, offering themselves to morn's long slanting shadows. The train steams in volleying
    resplendent clouds of sun blown vapour.

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  • Mullins (7/1/2018 5:03:00 AM)

    Are these all by Siegfried Sassoon?

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  • Soumitra sing (3/22/2018 9:22:00 AM)

    Full poem of Siegfried Sasson

  • Jimmy (3/10/2018 10:47:00 PM)

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  • Lydia (2/3/2018 10:53:00 AM)

    I have to do some homework on a war poet and i chose Siegfried Sassoon. But i don't know which of his poems is the most famous? Can anyone help me? ;)

  • Joseph Pedulla (12/11/2017 9:19:00 AM)

    To Marilyn: The poem that contains that line is called Memory.

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Best Poem of Siegfried Sassoon

Suicide In The Trenches

I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.

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