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Siegfried Sassoon

The theme of this bitter and ironic anti-war poem is that the suffering of disabled soldiers matters and lingers on well past the end of the fighting. The physical and mental maiming and lost life...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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Using a sing-song tone and cadences with rhyming couplets that end entirely on one-syllable words (boy/joy, glum/rum, know/go), the three-stanza poem tells a three-part story. Its nursery-rhyme...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2017, 2:14 pm (UTC)

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Sassoon uses metaphor and paradox to convey the idea that war brings soldiers so close to death that they learn to see anything to do with life, including war, as beautiful. In the first stanza,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 6:41 pm (UTC)

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After spending some time serving in World War I and even being awarded a medal for his valor, Siegfried Sassoon wrote a letter to the war department which vehemently proclaimed his protests...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020, 7:55 pm (UTC)

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The theme of a poem is the message of the poem. Sometimes, a poem's theme is also an expression of the deeper meaning behind the words in the lines. "They," by Siegfried Sassoon, is a poem that...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Concerning Sassoon's "The Hero," remember that WWI shocked the world like no other war before it. Poison gas and airplanes were used as weapons for the first time, just to name two "advancements"...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2010, 12:40 am (UTC)

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"Glory of Women" is an example of apostrophe, which is when a speaker in a poem addresses an inanimate object, an animal, or an absent person or people. In this case, the narrator speaks to the...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020, 6:32 pm (UTC)

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Sassoon's "The Death Bed," like many of his poems written during his service in World War Two, is an account of an unnamed young soldier who has been mortally wounded, presumably on the Western...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016, 9:57 pm (UTC)

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A good argumentative thesis about "Blighters" by Sassoon is that it critiques the shallow way in which people in England saw World War I when they had never experienced the fighting at the front. A...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2016, 12:21 am (UTC)

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The poem "Does it Matter?" by Siegfried Sassoon in many ways reflects his own disillusionment with war after his personal experience with trench warfare. Sassoon was awarded the Military Cross for...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2015, 8:09 pm (UTC)

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In Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Does It Matter,” he exhibits a strong anti-war message by portraying the difficulties of wounded veterans upon their return from war. His poem expounds on the lack of...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015, 9:43 pm (UTC)

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During World War I, there were several English poets who served in the war. They wrote almost extensively about their battle field experiences. Siegfried Sassoon was one of the most significant...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2013, 4:09 am (UTC)

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Sassoon's "The Hero" focuses on anger, irony of situation, and hypocrisy. Specifically, concerning anger, the "Brother Officer" is angry at Jack, a "cold-footed, useless swine." But on a larger...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010, 12:59 am (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon's poem "The Hero" reflects upon the death of a soldier. In reality, the soldier was a "cold-footed, useless swine," but Brother Officer lied to the soldier's mother telling her...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2012, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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One of the best advantages of poetry over any kind of prose is its conciseness. Because all the excess words have been squeezed out, the message left on the page is so much more concentrated. Any...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2016, 3:39 pm (UTC)

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The most important context for Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Suicide in the Trenches” is the fact that it was written during (and about) World War I. Although wars have obviously existed for millennia,...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2012, 7:58 am (UTC)

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Typically in poetry we use the word scene rather than setting. Because poems are often much shorter than stories and leave out many details, it is often only possible to analyze a line or a stanza...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2011, 11:17 pm (UTC)

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Jessie Pope's "The Call" has an essentially iambic rhythm ( ^ / ) that is varied by trochees ( / ^ ). Trochees are used for emphasis primarily in the stanzas’ first lines (e.g., Who's' for^ /...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2011, 3:58 am (UTC)

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The questions in this poem are rhetorical. They are not meant to be answered as the narrator provides us with his own answers to the questions. The first question asked is:"Does it matter?-losing...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2011, 12:35 am (UTC)

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This, like many of Sassoon's poems, concerns the reality of war and cuts through the myths of heroism and nobility like a hot knife going through butter. Let us consider how Sassoon achieves...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2011, 8:51 pm (UTC)

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Sassoon and Owen were both British poets who wrote about their experiences as British army officers during World War I. After facing the horrors of the war, including trench warfare, they were...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016, 12:59 am (UTC)

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[While Enotes editors do not specifically write paragraphs or essays for people, we gladly offer advice on the writing on a specific topic.] Having declared that soldiers were "citizens of death's...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2013, 8:33 am (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon’s “The General”, like most of the poems by the World War I British war poets is a condemnation of the horrors of war, emphasizing the gritty realities of trench warfare and...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012, 5:46 am (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon's poem "Does it Matter?" was included in his second volume of anti-war poetry, Counter-Attack. Sassoon was a captain in the British Army during the First World War. His...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2020, 6:16 pm (UTC)

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With more than a touch of withering irony, Sassoon sets out in particularly damning terms the effects of disabilities sustained during the First World War. The speaker sarcastically looks on the...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019, 11:41 am (UTC)

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Before writing an essay on the analysis of the poem 'They' by First World War English poet Siegfried Sassoon, it's a good idea to make some notes, going through the poem line by line (and never...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2009, 1:16 am (UTC)

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"The Rear-Gaurd" is a an interesting poem to look at stanza by stanza because the first thing a reader should notice is that the poet did not make each stanza equal in length. The first stanza is...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020, 7:53 pm (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon's poem includes several lines that conform to the iambic tetrameter pattern. Iambic tetrameter is a metrical pattern in which the line of poetry is divided into four feet (iambs)...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2016, 6:58 pm (UTC)

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In the first stanza, the speaker describes a music and dance hall filled to the brim with people who have come to laugh and enjoy themselves at "the Show." The audience watches the dancing girls,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020, 5:31 pm (UTC)

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Some authors are drawn to the genre of poetry because it can express emotion more compactly and intensely than narrative fiction or autobiography. The kind of lyrical poetry popular in the last few...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2020, 2:15 am (UTC)

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The significance of this poem's title hinges on its historical context: Siegfried Sassoon was one of a number of early twentieth-century writers whose work rose out of their experiences fighting in...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018, 4:25 pm (UTC)

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In setting out to write an argumentative essay about Siegfried Sassoon's World War I poetry, you could compare and contrast his work to those of other war poets, such as Wilfred Owen and Rupert...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2021, 8:09 am (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen are English poets and soldiers who both served during the First World War. Many of their poems deal with various themes about the war, including the repercussions...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen both were British soldiers during WWI, and both later became well-known for their anti-war verses. Both wrote of the harsh realities of the war and satirized the...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009, 4:21 am (UTC)

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I first encountered Wilfred Owens' "Dulce et Decorum Est" several years after I'd studied Horace's ode (III.2.13) from which Owens takes the line "dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" ("it is...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2015, 11:41 am (UTC)

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As for structure, you have 3 stanzas following the rhyming pattern of AA/BB, meaning, lines A rhyme and lines B rhyme. As for content, stanza one describes a happy, cheerful young lad. Stanza two...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2008, 10:38 am (UTC)

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Siegfried Sassoon famously befriended another World War i poet - Wilfred Owen. It was in Craiglockhart Military Hospital in Scotland, during August 1917.Sassoon was there because he had written...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2008, 4:52 am (UTC)

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