Sassoon, Siegfried. "Base Details".
Summary and Analysis
- the speaker sarcastically attacks those leading the war without participating in the battles
- develops an image of himself how he would live if he were an elderly and weak man: would live well-off with "scarlet Majors" at the best hotel, light-heartedly making fatal decisions, and after sending all the youths for death he would retire to his house and "die – in bed"
- attacks the ignorance, incapability, and insensitiveness of his uninvolved superiors
AuthorSassoon, Siegfried. (1886 - 1967).
Full Title"Base Details".
Sassoon, Siegfried. "Base Details". The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. NY: Norton, 1993.