9780486826820

War Poems

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486826820

  • ISBN10:

    0486826821

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-09-12
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
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Summary

At the dawn of World War I, Siegfried Sassoon exchanged his pursuits of cricket, fox-hunting, and romantic verse for army life amid the muddy trenches of France. The first English soldier-poet to achieve notoriety as an opponent of the war, he ranks among the conflict's most critical poetic voices. This collection of his epigrammatic and satirical poetry conveys the shocking brutality and pointlessness of the Great War.
Many of these poems were written in the hospital while Sassoon recovered from wounds he received in battle. Their violence and graphic detail shocked readers, impressing upon them the horrors of trench warfare and the foot soldier's weariness of the never-ending struggle. "The dynamic quality of his war poems," observed the Times Literary Supplement, "was due to the intensity of feeling which underlay their cynicism." More than 80 of Sassoon's moving works are featured in this volume, including "Counter-Attack," "They," "The General," and "Base Details."

Author Biography

The first English soldier-poet to achieve notoriety as an opponent of World War I, Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) ranks alongside Wilfred Owen as one of the most critical poetic voices of the Great War. A literary dilettante before his experiences in the trenches, Sassoon went on to write the acclaimed Sherston novels, a trilogy of fictionalized autobiographies.

Table of Contents

Absolution
Brothers
The Dragon and the Undying
France
To Victory
When I'm among a Blaze of Lights …
Golgotha
A Mystic as Soldier
The Kiss
The Redeemer
A Subaltern
"In the Pink"
A Working Party
A Whispered Tale
"Blighters"
At Carnoy
To His Dead Body
Two Hundred Years After
"They"
Stand-to: Good Friday Morning
The One-Legged Man
Enemies
The Tombstone-Maker
Arms and the Man
Died of Wounds
The Hero
Stretcher Case
Conscripts
The Road
Secret Music
Haunted
Before the Battle
The Death-Bed
The Last Meeting
A Letter Home
Prelude: The Troops
Counter-Attack
The Rear-Guard
Wirers
Attack
Dreamers
How to Die
The Effect
Twelve Months After
The Fathers
Base Details
Lamentations
Does It Matter?
Fight to a Finish
Editorial Impressions
Suicide in the Trenches
Glory of Women
Their Frailty
The Hawthorn Tree
The Investiture
Trench Duty
Break of Day
To Any Dead Officer
Sick Leave
Banishment
Song-Books of the War
Thrushes
Autumn
Invocation
Repression of War Experience
The Triumph
Survivors
Joy-Bells
Remorse
Dead Musicians
The Dream
In Barracks
Together
Battalion Relief
The Dug-Out
I Stood With the Dead
In an Underground Dressing-Station
Atrocities
Return of the Heroes
Concert Party
Night on the Convoy
Reconciliation
Memorial Tablet
Aftermath
Everyone Sang
Memory
Devotion to Duty

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