'Base Details' by Siegfried Sassoon Miste analysis
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'Base Details' by Siegfried Sassoon Miste analysis By Lee Bell Base Details is a poem by Siegfried Sassoon and is about how better off the majors were in the First World War, compared to the good men that were dying on the front line. It goes into detail about how the majors were unfit, incompetent old men who did nothing. They were too willing to send men to their deaths and give everyone orders, while they lived their luxurious lives and earned lots of money. It has a regular rhyme scheme except the last two sentences that rhyme. Sassoon's intention to write this poem was to show how angry he was at the stuck up majors because they did nothing and got the high life, while dying soldiers were fighting for their country.
This implies that the majors are fat by the word 'puffy' and petulant means impatient and easily irritated. The poet also proves that the majors are stuck up by using words like 'glum' and 'chap'. These are words that the working class would not have usually used. The name 'Base' is the military quarters but also implies that the majors don't fight, they get fatter and more unfit and all they have to do is read a 'roll of honour'. Only few figures of speech are used. For example, an onomatopoeia is used when he describes the majors as 'guzzling and gulping at the best hotel'. This also suggests that the majors are fat because the words are used to give the sense that the majors are eating like pigs.
Toddle is an excellent word because it shows that the majors are old and unfit - again. Also, the word 'safely' makes the reader feel anger because the soldiers were not this when they were sent to war. When it mentions 'die in bed', it gives us an image of the majors dying old in the comfort of their own home and this is wrong because many young soldiers died away from home, fighting for their country. The feeling of this poem is very sarcastic and bitter. You can see that the poet is very angry at the majors who prolonged the war for their benefit so they could get richer. I really enjoyed 'Base Details' because I loved the way Sassoon said that if he was a major then he would be unfit and do nothing, etc. I also enjoyed the way the poet made the anger come through. It makes the reader (including myself) feel great anger towards the majors.
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