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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 vis mere 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) vis mindre
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Værker af Siegfried Sassoon

Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man (1928) 728 eksemplarer
Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930) 694 eksemplarer
The War Poems (1983) 486 eksemplarer
The Memoirs of George Sherston (1937) 337 eksemplarer
Sherston's Progress (1936) 234 eksemplarer
Collected Poems, 1908-1956 (1947) 179 eksemplarer
Siegfried's Journey, 1916-1920 (1945) 108 eksemplarer
The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (1919) 96 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (1925) 69 eksemplarer
The Weald of Youth (1942) 50 eksemplarer
War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (2004) 40 eksemplarer
Counter-Attack and Other Poems (1900) 40 eksemplarer
Meredith (1946) 24 eksemplarer
The Heart's Journey (1927) 18 eksemplarer
Poems Newly Selected 1916-1935 (1940) 11 eksemplarer
Picture-show. (1920) 11 eksemplarer
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems (2004) 10 eksemplarer
Vigils (1935) 8 eksemplarer
The Road to Ruin (1933) 7 eksemplarer
To my mother 6 eksemplarer
Satirical Poems 6 eksemplarer
The path to peace: selected poems (1960) 5 eksemplarer
Nativity 5 eksemplarer
The Complete War Poems (2013) 5 eksemplarer
Rhymed ruminations (1941) 4 eksemplarer
Siegfried Sassoon (1933) 4 eksemplarer
Poems by Pinchbeck Lyre (1931) 4 eksemplarer
My First Horse (1947) 3 eksemplarer
An Octave 2 eksemplarer
A Suppressed Poem 2 eksemplarer
Sequences (1957) 2 eksemplarer
Prehistoric Burials 2 eksemplarer
Everyone Sang 1 eksemplar
Ancient History 1 eksemplar
The Weald of Youth 1 eksemplar
“Attack” 1 eksemplar
Siegfried's Journey 1 eksemplar
The General 1 eksemplar
“The General” 1 eksemplar
Something about myself (1966) 1 eksemplar
The War Poems 1 eksemplar
Letter 1 eksemplar
??? 1 eksemplar
The tasking 1 eksemplar
To the red rose (1931) 1 eksemplar

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Anthem for Doomed Youth: Poets of the Great War (2000) — Bidragyder — 137 eksemplarer
Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics (2014) — Forfatter — 129 eksemplarer
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The Penguin Book of Twentieth-Century Protest (1998) — Bidragyder — 31 eksemplarer
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer
Oxford and Oxfordshire in Verse (1982) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Pity of War: Poems of the First World War (1985) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer
Bright Poems for Dark Days: An Anthology for Hope (2021) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
Hunting scenes from Surtees (1953) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver6 eksemplarer
Oxford Poetry 1919 (1920) — Redaktør — 3 eksemplarer
Piers prodigal : and other poems — Introduktion — 2 eksemplarer

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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.… (mere)
ortgard | 5 andre anmeldelser | 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: https://ubiquitousbooks.wordpress.com/2020/08/01/memoirs-of-a-fox-hunting-man/
… (mere)
ubiquitousuk | 12 andre anmeldelser | 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.
… (mere)
bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |



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