Who is Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volu...
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Siegfried Sassoon Poems

  • Bombardment
    Four days the earth was rent and torn
    By bursting steel,
    The houses fell about us;
    Three nights we dared not sleep, ...
  • Atrocities
    You told me, in your drunken-boasting mood,
    How once you butchered prisoners. That was good!
    I'm sure you felt no pity while they stood
    Patient and cowed and scared, as prisoners should. ...
  • 'they'
    The Bishop tells us: 'When the boys come back
    'They will not be the same; for they'll have fought
    'In a just cause: they lead the last attack
    'On Anti-Christ; their comrades' blood has bought ...
  • The Portrait
    I watch you, gazing at me from the wall,
    And wonder how you'd match your dreams with mine,
    If, mastering time's illusion, I could call
    You back to share this quiet candle-shine. ...
  • Sassoon's Public Statement Of Defiance
    'I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.

    I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this war, upon which I entered as a war of defence and liberation has now become a war of aggression and conquest. I believe that the purposes for which I and my fellow soldiers entered upon this war should have been so clearly stated as to have made it impossible to change them, and that, had this been done, the objects witch actuated us would now be attainable by negotiation.
    ...
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Night 56 Death 38 War 37 Face 36 Green 34 White 34 Heart 33 Time 32 Light 31 Life 31


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  • Bestbendaniels: poster of “benediction”! directed by terence davies. coming soon to cinemas. starring jack lowden and peter capaldi as the young and old siegfried sassoon, respectively, with simon russell beale, jeremy irvine, kate phillips, gemma jones, ben daniels.
  • Ssassoonflwship: there is a review of 'benediction' in the telegraph for those of you who subscribe.
  • Eleaud: i remembered this morning that, as a baby phd student, i read that the war historian richard holmes would read siegfried sassoon's 'memoirs of an infantry officer' once a year and cry every time, and it made me realise that my incessant crying over history books was totally fine.
  • Bpmcgackin: this is the opening poem in the selected poems of siegfried sassoon edition that i just started and jesus dude nothing like a little perspective to get us going
  • Peteyelding: as poppy neurosis season starts: poppies are no longer a symbol of remembrance of ppl killed in a needless war, but one of nationalist jingoism. if you brandish a poppy but haven’t read wilfred owen/siegfried sassoon then shh. only flower i wear is the white flower of srebrenica.
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