Siegfried Sassoon Poems
- Suicide In The Trenches I knew a simple soldier boy Who ...
- Aftermath Have you forgotten yet?... For the world's events ...
- A Letter Home (To Robert Graves) I
- Absolution The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes Till ...
- Does It Matter? Does it matter? -losing your legs? For ...
- Attack AT dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun In the wild...
- Hero 'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the Mother said, And ...
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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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.