Siegfried Sassoon 1886-1967
As refugees pour out of the Middle East and Africa into Europe, historians are reminded of the war migrations of the last century and of the millions upon millions of soldiers and civilians who suffered and died during the European wars. Siegfried Sassoon was a poet of the First World War. Born in 1886 to great and idle wealth, Sassoon was drafted into the British army and there found himself face to face with life as he had never expected to see it. He wrote with clarity about the human cost of war and without patriotic enthusiasm, protesting the inhumanity of the conflict that dragged on through the timid self interest of political elites, the commercial interests of industrialists, the moral ambivalence of religious leaders, fueled by writers and citizens, safe at home and romantic about war. Honored for extraordinary valor on the Western Front, nevertheless Sassoon appeared in front of the British Parliament to oppose the continuation of the war.
Repression of War Experience
I’m going stark, staring mad because of the guns.