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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967)

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Sassoon is unusual among the generation of World War I poets in that he survived the war and was able to write of it both immediately and retrospectively. Born into a wealthy family, Sassoon grew up steeped in the genteel pleasures of the Edwardian aristocracy. He enlisted as a second lieutenant in visa mer World War I, serving in France. Like many poets, Sassoon wrote of the war at first as a noble, chivalric undertaking. But, under the influence of Robert Graves, Sassoon soon developed a more cynical aesthetic. His poem "Repression of War Experience" helps explain the development of his war poetry: It describes the frustration of the soldier trying to communicate the nature of the war to those safe at home and vividly connotes the horror and madness that pervade the soldiers' sustained experience in the trenches. His eventual pacifism and distrust of the military are reflected in his short poem "The General," which blames an uncomprehending and facile wartime leadership for the needless deaths of masses of soldiers. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Verk av Siegfried Sassoon

När vi red efter räv (1928) 706 exemplar
Vi föll in i ledet (1930) 671 exemplar
The War Poems (1983) 478 exemplar
The Memoirs of George Sherston (1937) 332 exemplar
Åter i tjänst (1936) 224 exemplar
Collected Poems, 1908-1956 (1947) 178 exemplar
Siegfried's Journey, 1916-1920 (1945) 106 exemplar
Selected Poems (1925) 67 exemplar
The Weald of Youth (1942) 48 exemplar
Counter-Attack and Other Poems (1900) 41 exemplar
War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (2004) 38 exemplar
Meredith (1946) 24 exemplar
The Heart's Journey (1927) 17 exemplar
Picture-show. (1920) 11 exemplar
Poems Newly Selected 1916-1935 (1940) 11 exemplar
Vigils (1935) 8 exemplar
The Road to Ruin (1933) 7 exemplar
Satirical Poems 6 exemplar
To my mother 6 exemplar
Rhymed ruminations (1941) 4 exemplar
The Complete War Poems (2013) 4 exemplar
Poems by Pinchbeck Lyre (1931) 4 exemplar
Siegfried Sassoon (1933) 4 exemplar
Nativity 4 exemplar
Sequences (1957) 2 exemplar
My First Horse (1947) 2 exemplar
A Suppressed Poem 2 exemplar
An Octave 2 exemplar
To the red rose (1931) 1 exemplar
The Weald of Youth 1 exemplar
“The General” 1 exemplar
Something about myself (1966) 1 exemplar
??? 1 exemplar
The War Poems 1 exemplar
Letter 1 exemplar
The tasking 1 exemplar

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Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics (2014) — Författare — 125 exemplar
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Autumn: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 57 exemplar
Summer: A Spiritual Biography of the Season (2005) — Bidragsgivare — 37 exemplar
The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Bidragsgivare — 30 exemplar
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 16 exemplar
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Bidragsgivare — 11 exemplar
Hunting scenes from Surtees (1953) — Inledning, vissa utgåvor6 exemplar
Oxford Poetry 1919 (1920) — Redaktör — 3 exemplar
Piers prodigal : and other poems — Inledning — 2 exemplar


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Over 100 short poems written between 1915 and 1919; plus a handful from 1926 and 1933.

Sassoon's anger builds and builds, and he is utterly withering by the end. These poems say more than any biography could about the man.

It's an extraordinary collection, particularly for a British reader for whom the First World War is regarded as unmitigated lunacy. Look no farther than Blackadder Goes Forth for a very British interpretation.

More than once I read a verse and had to put the book down beside me. War, in all its horror, condescended, captured, and retold. And, to one side, a warning of the ways of the ruling class given dominion.… (mer)
ortgard | 5 andra recensioner | Sep 22, 2022 |
I agree with Sir Geoffrey Keynes, who wrote the introduction to my edition, that there’s something a little immature about this poet’s first attempt at a novel. But that plays to the book’s advantage by coming across as the authentic voice of its young protagonist. The subject matter is typical English-pastoral turn of the 20th century stuff: fox hunting, cricket, tea and sandwiches, and so forth. Its overall effect is superbly evocative of the era and a disappearing way of life. The pace of the novel is quite slow, but this is a book of the sort one reads for its characters rather than plot. Eventually, and inevitably, the storm of war arrives and the careless days of fox hunting that fill the first two-thirds of the novel throw the tragedy of conflict into a striking and, indeed, moving contrast.

I take a close look at my (Limited Editions Club) edition on my book blog:
… (mer)
ubiquitousuk | 12 andra recensioner | Jun 30, 2022 |
I would like to know why a guy who seems not even sensitive about war does poems like this where you can see almost that he have cought a bullet while writting the poems.

Well, i didnt see that coming, Wilfried Owen in front of this is a underage tryharder.
FlavioMiguelPereira | Aug 2, 2020 |
Is it not a pity that we see war as so important it overshadows everything, so that a poet becomes a war poet although there is more to him than that.

Maybe it would be better if we were more naive about war and less cynical about love.


You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away.
Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed;
But as you fall asleep
I hear you say
Those tired sweet drowsy words we left unsaid.

Sleep well: for I can follow you, to bless
And lull your distant beauty where you roam;
And with wild songs of hoarded loveliness
Recall you to these arms that were your home.


Sleepless I listen to the surge and drone
And drifting roar of the town’s undertone;
Till through quiet falling rain I hear the bells
Tolling and chiming their brief tune that tells
Day’s midnight end. And from the day that’s over
No flashes of delight I can recover;
But only dreary winter streets, and faces
Of people moving in loud clanging places:
And I in my loneliness, longing for you...

For all I did to-day, and all I’ll do
To-morrow, in this city of intense
Arteried activities that throb and strive,
Is but a beating down of that suspense
Which holds me from your arms.
I am alive
Only that I may find you at the end
Of these slow-striking hours I toil to spend,
Putting each one behind me, knowing but this—
That all my days are turning toward your kiss;
That all expectancy awaits the deep
Consoling passion of your eyes, that keep
Their radiance for my coming, and their peace
For when I find in you my love’s release.
… (mer)
bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |



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