Siegfried Sassoon


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Sassoon, Siegfried,

1886–1967, English poet and novelist. A heroic and decorated officer in World War I, he nonetheless expressed his conviction of the brutality and waste of war in grim, forceful, realistic verse—The Old Huntsman (1917), Counter-Attack (1918), Satirical Poems (1926), Vigils (1935), Sequences (1957), and others. His fictional, semiautobiographical trilogy—Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930), Sherston's Progress (1936)—was collected as The Memoirs of George Sherston (1937). Sassoon also wrote several autobiographical works—The Old Century and Seven More Years (1938), The Weald of Youth (1942), and Siegfried's Journey (1945)—and a biography of George MeredithMeredith, George,
1828–1909, English novelist and poet. One of the great English novelists, Meredith wrote complex, often comic yet highly cerebral works that contain striking psychological character studies.
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 (1948).

Bibliography

See his Collected Poems, 1908–1956 (1961); biographies by J. M. Wilson (2 vol., 1998–2003), J. S. Roberts (1999), and M. Egremont (2005).

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Owen was sent to the Craiglockhart War Hospital in Edinburgh, where he met fellow war poet Siegfried Sassoon in August 1917.
ALONGSIDE the impassioned verse about the suffering of the common soldier, First World War poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon also wrote of the stupidity of some of the generals.
No wonder that poets and disillusioned soldiers, like Siegfried Sassoon felt compelled to write poems like Prelude: The Troops: ".
1886: Siegfried Sassoon, First World War poet, was born in Brenchley, Kent.
I, like many others, first came across the war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon during English literature lessons, so it is something most people are familiar with, if not necessarily proficient in.
On Active Service: 1914 - 1918" includes works from poets including Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, whose experiences on the front line inspired some of England's most famous poems.
It is about the horrors of trench warfare - no less horrific for being viewed far from the heat of battle - and it is about the meeting and mounting friendship of two famous poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
I am making this statement as an act of willful defiance of military authority, because I believe the war is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it", said Siegfried Sassoon in July 1917.
Set against a white cyclorama, it made a perfect framework for Stephen Macdonald's powerful play (directed by Eliot Giuralarocca) which tells the story of two of the finest war poets, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon and The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen.
Nearly a hundred years ago Siegfried Sassoon, a British soldier-poet of World War I, wrote "Suicide in Trenches" - a poem about a comrade on the western front who shot himself.