Sassoon, Siegfried. "Glory of Women".
Summary and Analysis
- a harshly sarcastic sonnet about the ignorance of non-combatants
- addresses the completely ignorant mothers and lovers who hypocritically love their soldiers when they are heroes, worship them when they are decorated with merits, and adore their tales of adventure x but: incapable to understand when their troops "retire" under terrible conditions
- conclusion: the speaker figuratively punishes the women insensitive to the truth of war by a brutally graphic image of the soldiers trotting dead corpses while retiring, and by the information about his death to a representative German mother "knitting socks" for her son
AuthorSassoon, Siegfried. (1886 - 1967).
Full Title"Glory of Women".
Sassoon, Siegfried. "Glory of Women". The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Ed. M. H. Abrams. NY: Norton, 1993.