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Siegfried Sassoon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 526

Siegfried Sassoon

The World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon is one of the twentieth century's greatest icons and Jean Moorcroft Wilson is the leading authority on him. In Siegfried Sassoon: The Journey from the Trenches, the second volume of her best-selling, authorized biography, Wilson completes her definitive analysis of his life and works, exploring Sassoon's experiences after the Great War. For many people, Sassoon exists primarily as a First World War poet and bold fighter, who earned the nickname 'Mad Jack' in the trenches and risked Court Martial, possibly the firing squad, with his public protest against the War. Much less is known about his life after the Armistice. Wilson uncovers a series of love aff...

Siegfried Sassoon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 237

Siegfried Sassoon

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1999-01-01
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  • Publisher: McFarland

Though Siegfried Sassoon would argue the point throughout his life, most critics regard his war poetry, written during World War I, as the best of his writings. Like many of his artistic contemporaries, Sassoon embraced the "Great War for Civilization" with great fervor, and it was this passion that he brought to his earliest writings about the war. "Absolution," his first war poem, published in 1915, summed up his feelings: "fighting for our freedom, we are free." Fighting on the frontlines, Sassoon soon came to the conviction that his war for civilization was anything but civilized. And thus his writings took on a new tone, courageously denouncing a conflict that was no longer about "defense and liberation" but was for "aggression and conquest." Through primary documents and extensive research, the current work provides critical analyses of Sassoon's war poetry. Detailed examinations of each of the so-called trench poems show how the poet and his poetry were transformed through his wartime experiences and give the rationale for the critical consensus that the Sassoon canon is among the most significant in the literature of modern warfare.

On Poetry
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 26
Siegfried Sassoon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 656

Siegfried Sassoon

The life of Siegfried Sassoon has been recorded and interpreted in literature and film for over half a century. He is one of the great figures of the First World War, and Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer are still widely read, as are his poems, which did much to shape our present ideas about the Great War. Sassoon was a genuine hero, a brave young officer who also became the war's most famous opponent, risking imprisonment and even a death sentence by throwing his Military Cross into the Mersey. He was friend to Robert Graves, mentor to Wilfred Owen and much admired by Churchill. But Sassoon was more than the embodiment of a romantic ideal; he was in many sense...

War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 128

War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon

Epigrammatic and bitterly satirical verses by the well-known English poet convey the shocking brutality and pointlessness of World War I. Includes "Counter-Attack," "They," "The General," "Base Details," and other poems.

Siegfried Sassoon
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 136

Siegfried Sassoon

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1993
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  • Publisher: Twayne Pub

From 1914 until 1918, World War I ravaged Europe, devastating country after country and taking millions of lives. Responsible for more battlefield casualties than any war before or since, the confrontation is remembered as one of the most gruelling and tragic in western civilization. Out of the horror, however, came an astonishing legacy in the form of poetry. The violence of combat awoke strong emotions in a group of renowned Englishmen who were able to translate their experience and emotion into verse: Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg, and not least, Siegfried Sassoon. Born into a privileged family in Kent in 1886, Sassoon spent a largely unremarkable childhood. Upon completing his last year ...

Siegfried Sassoon - The First Complete Biography of One of Our Greatest War Poets
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 300

Siegfried Sassoon - The First Complete Biography of One of Our Greatest War Poets

Siegfried Sassoon is mostly remembered for the devastating poetry he wrote during World War One as a result of leading his troops "over the top" to certain death. This episode in his life--when he was sent to military hospital suffering from shell-shock and his heroic return to the Front--is covered extensively in his own writing, and has overshadowed his later literary output. But his more mature poetry is resuscitated in this sensitive, exhaustively researched biography. As well as recounting the friendships "Siggy" famously had with fellow poets Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen, Roberts delves into the more private arena of Sassoon's covert homosexuality and his ill-fated marriage. We learn...

Siegfried Sassoon, 1886-1967
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 22

Siegfried Sassoon, 1886-1967

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1986*
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Siegfried Sassoon: Scorched Glory
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 296

Siegfried Sassoon: Scorched Glory

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1997-03-24
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  • Publisher: Springer

Siegfried Sassoon: Scorched Glory is the first survey of the poet's published work since his death and the first to draw on the edited diaries and letters. We learn how Sassoon's family background and Jewish inheritance, his troubled sexuality, his experience of war - in particular his public opposition to it - his relationship to the Georgian poets and other writers, and his eventual withdrawal to country life shaped his creativity. Sassoon's status as a war poet has overshadowed his wider achievements and the complex personality behind them. This critical evaluation of Sassoon's work is long overdue and will provide a valuable starting-point for future reappraisals of a writer for whom life and art were fused.

Modern Nostalgia: Siegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 168

Modern Nostalgia: Siegfried Sassoon, Trauma and the Second World War

This book explores Siegfried Sassoon's writing of the twenties, thirties and forties, demonstrating the connections between trauma and nostalgia in a culture saturated with the anxieties of war.Informed by the texts of Freud, W.H.R. Rivers and other psychological writers of the early twentieth century, as well as contemporary theorists of nostalgia and trauma, this book examines the pathology of nostalgia conveyed in Sassoon's unpublished poems, letters and journals, together with his published work. It situates his ongoing anxiety about 'Englishness', modernity, and his relation to modernist aesthetics, within the context of other literary responses to the legacy of war, and the threat of war's return, by writers including Edmund Blunden, Robert Graves and T. E. Lawrence.