"Suicide in the trenches" was written in 1917 and is a very emotional peom.

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"Suicide in the trenches" was written in 1917 and is a very emotional peom. It is about the sorrow, haterid and all the horrors that the war may have placed upon an innocent young boy, forcing him to kill himself. No-one should die a death like that, as the "Suicide in the trenches" is expressing the sadness of this tragedy.

Most of Siegfried Sassoons poetry was directed against war. He used tended to use alot of his WW1 experience to influence his peotry, and was eplgrammatic and satrical in nature. This poem is depressing, and it seems to have a scary atmosphere towards it, because the young soldier sadly put a bullet through his head.

No Similies, metaphores or personification were found in this poem, though some forms of alliteration were found.

Siegfried Sassoon was born on 8th September 1886 at Weirleigh, near Paddock Wood in Kent. After attending Marlborough College he went to Clare College, but left without a degree. For the next few years, Sassoon lived as a country gentleman. He spent his time hunting, playing sports and writing poetry, which was Published privately.

Sassoon enlisted as a cavalry trooperin, Sussex WW1. Later, he became an officer, and was posted to the Western Front in France. In June 1916 Siegfried was awarded the Military Cross for bringing a wounded man back to the British lines while being attacked. Siegfried was later sent to hospital during the war for shell shock. He officially retired in 1919 from injuries. During his time in hospital he met fellow english writer, Wilfred Owen.

Some of Sassoons other peotry he has written are 'The death bed', 'they', 'counter attack', 'does it matter',and 'The daffodil murder'.

Siegfried Sassoon later died in 1967.

With the war against Iraq currently taking place it is interesting to look at the poems written by Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon.

Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were soldiers in World War I. They were both anti-war and this is expressed in their poems. Sometimes they wrote together but their styles are quite different. Wilfred Owen's poems are long and have more than one message. Sassoon's poems are shorter and are more to the point.

Wilfred Owen's poem `Exposure' tells us how the soldiers are exposed to the weather, the enemy and the lies they have been told about war. The poem suggests that the weather is more of an enemy than the people they are supposed to be fighting. They fear the weather more than they fear being shot by the enemy. They believe that they will go home dead. `Our ghosts drag home'. They question their belief in God because they feel like they are no different to dirt out in the trenches. `Tonight this frost will fasten on his mud and us'.

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The weather is personified to make us feel like the wind is attacking them. `...Iced east winds that knive us'. Alliteration is used to show that the soldiers are whispering while they are waiting. `Silence, sentries, whispering, curious, nervous'. `But nothing happens.' This line is repeated in the poem to emphasize that they are just waiting.

`Disabled' also by Wilfred Owen tells us about the victims of war who are severely wounded. The poem challenges recruitment poems such as `Who's for the game?' by Jessie Pope which says `who would rather come back with a crutch, than lie low ...

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