War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon cover

War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

1. Prelude: The Troops
2. Dreamers
3. The Redeemer
4. Trench Duty
5. Wirers
6. Break Of Day
7. A Working Party
8. Stand-To: Good Friday Morning
9. 'In The Pink'
10. The Hero
11. Before The Battle
12. The Road
13. Two Hundred Years After
14. The Dream
15. At Carnoy
16. Battalion Relief
17. The Dug-Out
18. The Rear-Guard
19. I Stood With The Dead
20. Suicide In Trenches
21. Attack
22. Counter-Attack
23. The Effect
24. Remorse
25. In An Underground Dressing-Station
26. Died Of Wounds
27. 'They'
28. Base Details
29. Lamentations
30. The General
31. How To Die
32. Editorial Impressions
33. Fight To A Finish
34. Atrocities
35. The Fathers
36. 'Blighters'
37. Glory Of Women
38. Their Frailty
39. Does It Matter?
40. Survivors
41. Joy-Bells
42. Arms And The Man
43. When I'm Among A Blaze Of Lights
44. The Kiss
45. The Tombstone-Maker
46. The One-Legged Man
47. Return Of The Heroes
48. Twelve Months After
49. To Any Dead Officer
50. Sick Leave
51. Banishment
52. Autumn
53. Repression Of War Experience
54. Together
55. The Hawthorn Tree
56. Concert Party
57. Night On The Convoy
58. A Letter Home
59. Reconciliation
60. Memorial Tablet (Great War)
61. The Death-Bed
62. Aftermath
63. Song-Books Of The War
64. Everyone Sang

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Summary

Siegfried Sassoon was one of the first to write poetry about the brutal reality of war, based on his real-life experiences in the trenches. He served in World War I on the Western Front and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery under fire. However, he later became a convicted pacifist, threw his Military Cross into the Mersey river, and continued to write and publish poems and political statements against the war. His poems capture the despair he felt towards the war overall, and he paints vivid word pictures that make the reader "pray you'll never know, the hell where youth and laughter go". Note: This work is in the public domain in the USA. If you are not in the USA, please verify the copyright status of these works in your own country before downloading, otherwise you may be violating copyright laws.