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Having declared that soldiers were "citizens of death's grey land," Sassoon expresses his disillusionment with war in his sardonic poem, "To Any Dead Officer," a poem so like many of his that expose the ingloriousness of war. In stanza four, for instance, Sassoon's cynicism is evinced,
So when they told me you’d been left for dead
I wouldn’t believe them, feeling it must be true.
Next week the bloody Roll of Honour said
‘Wounded and missing’—(That’s the thing to do
When lads are left in shell-holes dying slow,
With nothing but blank sky and wounds that ache,
Moaning for water till they know
It’s night, and then it’s not worth while to wake!)
The second line is especially ironic, while the third is bitter with the use of the expletive "bloody" as the poet criticizes the ingloriousness of war as young men die a brutal death in the trenches. Sasoon's parenthetical phrase exposes the callousness of the governing powers, who simply list these suffering human beings as "Wounded and missing."
In his poem, "To Any Dead Officer," Sassoon exposes by means of his cynical tone and colloquial language his reactions to war and his disgust for those who profit from the deaths of the innocent and unsuspecting victims, the youth who fought for the honor and glory of their country. And, with his characteristic technique, the concentration in the last line of his ironic force--"I wish they'd killed you in a decent show"--Sassoon expresses the futility of the death of the trench soldiers.