Siegfried Sassoon

(1886 - 1967 / Kent / England)

Siegfried Sassoon Poems

121. I Stood With The Dead 1/3/2003
122. Butterflies 1/3/2003
123. Repression Of War Experience 1/3/2003
124. Wirers 1/3/2003
125. Bombardment 1/3/2003
126. Arcady Unheeding 1/3/2003
127. Trench Duty 1/3/2003
128. Blighters 1/3/2003
129. Enemies 1/3/2003
130. At Carnoy 1/3/2003
131. Conscripts 1/3/2003
132. Reconciliation 1/3/2003
133. Before The Battle 1/3/2003
134. A Wanderer 1/3/2003
135. Ancestors 1/3/2003
136. Glory Of Women 1/3/2003
137. Survivors 1/3/2003
138. At Daybreak 1/3/2003
139. Counter-Attack 1/3/2003
140. An Old French Poet 1/3/2003
141. How To Die 1/3/2003
142. The Dug-Out 1/3/2003
143. 'They' 1/3/2003
144. A Poplar And The Moon 1/3/2003
145. A Whispered Tale 1/3/2003
146. Arms And The Man 1/3/2003
147. Everyone Sang 1/3/2003
148. Banishment 1/3/2003
149. A Working Party 1/1/2004
150. Autumn 1/3/2003
151. A Subaltern 1/3/2003
152. Absolution 1/3/2003
153. Base Details 1/3/2003
154. A Mystic As Soldier 1/3/2003
155. The General 1/3/2003
156. Died Of Wounds 1/3/2003
157. A Child's Prayer 1/3/2003
158. Hero 1/3/2003
159. “the Rank Stench Of Those Bodies Haunts Me Still” 3/31/2010
160. Alone 1/3/2003
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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The General

‘Good-morning; good-morning!’ the General said
When we met him last week on our way to the line.
Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead,
And we’re cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
‘He’s a cheery old card,’ grunted Harry to Jack
As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

. . . .
But he did for them both by his plan of attack.

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