The beauty that Sassoon illustrates with the first stanza makes its destruction all the more poignant and tragic. It seems to refer to the disruption of his inner peace – he must now find “god” in the strife, a reference to the war. He has lost that solace he had in the first stanza to the death and violence of war. It seems to enclose him, as “death outnumbers life and fury smites the air”. It feels like there is an outrage within him in the last line, and this seems to be the theme of the last stanza. Here he outright states that there is “anger in my brain” He cannot find that inner peace again. He asks when this “music through my clay” that is his peace and his devotion to his peace “will sound again”. The reference to clay seems to show how intrinsic this music, this peace is. It is in the clay, in the ground, almost as though he says it is in his roots, in the core and foundation of himself. This seems to be why he says “I still walk the secret way”. This alludes to the esotericism of the first stanza. He tries once again to become that mystic he was in the beginning, but the transformation into soldier, or perhaps the experience of the war has destroyed this part of himself. The title seems to be a reference to how he sees himself. He has become a soldier through his experiences in the war, but at the same instance he is still much a mystic, he is still someone trying to find unity with something greater than himself. The ending makes this all the more tragic as despite his devotion to this “secret way” he can no longer find his music, his bliss. The first stanza made it seem so intrinsic, so at the core of him, that its destruction at the hands of war makes its loss all the more tragic. Through Sassoon’s inability to regain his inner peace during the war, we see how destructive and horrific it can be. Sassoon has used such a personal facet of himself to heighten in the eyes of the audience how horrendous war seems.