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"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. ...read more.

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Sassoon was an established and published author and poet, of 31 years old. Owen was a great follower of Sassoon's work and once he heard that he and Sassoon were convalescing in the same hospital, he decided to introduce himself. During this first meeting Owen, 24, mentioned that he had written some amateur poetry as a way of expressing himself in the trenches. From this point on grew a short, yet strong friendship and relationship between mentor and student. Sassoon guided Owen's writing, helping with such poems as "Anthem for Doomed Youth" and "Dulce et Decorum est". Due to this guidance Owen's early writing style was very similar to that of Sassoon, later he created his own style and approach to war. Two great poems by these related poets are "Anthem for Doomed Youth" by Wilfred Owen and "Attack" by Siegfried Sassoon. These two poems are based around war, though they are to do with different aspects of the war. "Attack" by Siegfried Sassoon was seen as a very unpatriotic poem at the time it was written. People were used to reading "Jolly-ho chaps, we're off to war, how jolly fun for us!" Attack was slightly different. It shows the reader how war really was, and in reality it was truly horrifying. ...read more.

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Nothing. They died quickly, no self-reproach from those who killed, not thoughts about that person's life. Nothing. The second stanza opens with... "What candles may be help to speed them all?" This takes the reader back to the religious meaning of the poem. Candles are, traditionally held at a funeral, but what do these men get instead of candles? Nothing. This poem, I feel is more effective than Siegfried Sassoon's "Attack". "Anthem for Doomed Youth" seems to hit closer to home with me. I think it may be to do with the fact that he wrote about these youths that were doomed from the beginning. Soldiers from the ages of 13 or 14, to the ages of 22-24. It seems scary to think that some of my classmates would have been fighting in the war, my brothers, my cousins, my father. Also, the fact that Owen died young, at the age of 25, a week before armistice, I feel as if he is also a doomed youth. He hadn't lived his life. It seems sad to think that all those people died, goodness knows what they could've done with their lives. Owen's work may have continued, he could have been an amazing poet. But he died. He died to make a point, like the rest of them. These wonderful lives were destroyed and ruined at such a young age, and that to me seems to bring the poem alive more than Sassoon's "Attack". ...read more.

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