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Sassoon, Siegfried. (1886 - 1967).

L i f e

- enlisted in WW I, fought with a conspicuous courage (Military Cross), but later took a critical view of the war

W o r k

- wrote short and blunt lyrics characteristic with masterly use of direct speech, shock tactics, and bitter irony

- perceives the chasm between those making decisions x those suffering the consequences

- attacks the old men of the army, church, and government responsible for the miseries and murders of the young

“A Soldier’s Declaration” (1917):

- a public statement sent to his commanding officer, announces his defiance of military authority and explains his reasons

“The Redeemer” (1917):

- intermixes religious and secular contexts of suffering

“Base Details” (1918):

- attacks the generals who give orders but avoid battles

“The Glory of Women” (1918):

- accuses the uncomprehending non-combatants

“Repression of the Experience” (1918):

- describes the seeming unnaturalness of life on leave from the front

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930), and Sherston’s Progress (1936):

- his prose autobiographical trilogy written from a fictionalised point of view


"I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it."

From "A Soldier's Declaration" (1917).


(Sassoon in 1916. Photo: Wikimedia Commons).

  • Author

    Siegfried Loraine Sassoon. (1886 - 1967). British.
  • Work

    Poet. Memoirist. The most resolute anti-war poet.
  • Genres

    War poetry. Satire. Memoires.


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