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Sassoon’s Poetic Protest against the War

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Introduction

Sassoon's Poetic Protest against the War Sassoon's views on the war are very correct as he has had experience in several battles and knows what the First World War was like. In his point of view in the poems, everyone whether they be blind, deaf, injured e.t.c, can all play a part in the war and do a duty. He expresses this in the verse where he says, 'There's such splendid work for the blind. This line I find striking. Sassoon knew about the terror and intense atmosphere of the war but he is saying that the people who were killed in the war died to save the country and it's people. He expresses this constantly throughout his poems. 'The General' describes the relationship between the general and his soldiers. The general does not experience the front line attacking and so does not understand what the soldiers go through. He is harsh with them and doesn't take to account about how they feel and how they are coping. The General was determined to win the war and so drummed as much energy into the soldiers as he possibly could. ...read more.

Middle

In this poem, Sassoon is drawing anger towards the war. In his verses, he is giving sympathy towards the soldiers, wanting to help them. He tells the audience of his poem just how bad the war was, clearly reflecting that it makes people feel guilty of how they do not realize the torture and pain the soldiers went through. 'There is such splendid work for the blind;' quotes a sarcastic meaning here. The attitude of Sassoon here indicates that whether you are blind, deaf or disabled in any shape or form you can still be of use to the world which I feel is arrogant by Sassoon as he does not have to live and experience the torment of being disabled. In this poem, Sassoon is attacking a positive attitude, telling the soldiers all is not over for them as they can still be of use. I find the final verse most striking. It is a flashback of the nightmares the soldiers experienced in the war. He is saying that now all that can be put behind you and forgotten for they can now drink and be merry now the war is over. ...read more.

Conclusion

The use of language that Sassoon uses to put his message across is very convincing. The poem involves the reader, making them feel thankful for not experiencing such trumours. Sassoon has a clear way of making his audience place themselves into the mothers' position, which I felt bereavement when reading. Sassoon wrote this poem with a lot of depth and the impact it has is very strong. The issue of 'death' and 'loss' is a very traumatic experience for people. People, who have experienced death, can relate to the mother's feelings towards their dead sons. In all of Sassoon's poems, the final verses are all protesting against the war. Sassoon gives all the last verses the most impact. He does this so that the audience remembers the rebellious accusations Sassoon has on the war and to give the ends of the poem a climax. He mentions the soldiers and how unfairly they are thought of, for they deserve much more respect and gratitude for what they have done. Sassoon is angry with the ungratefulness of his audience. I think that he feels the soldiers should be rewarded with a higher status than that of the Ministers and 'Great Men' for it takes a brave and compassionate man to take his own life for his country. ...read more.

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