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Collected Poems, 1908-1956

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Sassoon's fame as a novelist and autobiographer, and the success of his posthumously published Diaries, have somewhat obscured his achievement as a poet. Apart from the famous War Poems of 1919, which firmly established his reputation, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. This collected edition represents his own choice of the poems he wished to preserv ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 1986 by Faber & Faber (first published January 1st 1961)
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Jun 30, 2015 Steve Merrick rated it it was amazing

To these I turn, in these I trust;
Brother Lead and Sister Steel.

S Sassoon

There is an anger to Sassoons poetry that like a riptide can make a shortcut directly into your brain, the visualisations that his words can create sting, sometimes unpleasantly, but always with an energy that is startling. The poems can catapult you into a trench or into a green village, and these written snapshots of Sassoons life often grant you an insight into your own. Anger, rage, humanity and humour combine with each
Oct 15, 2009 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
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Is it not a pity that we see war as so important it overshadows everything, so that a poet becomes a war poet although there is more to him than that.

Maybe it would be better if we were more naive about war and less cynical about love.


You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away.
Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed;
But as you fall asleep
I hear you say
Those tired sweet drowsy words we left unsaid.

Sleep well: for I can follow you, to bless
And lull your distant beauty where yo
Oct 07, 2012 Erika rated it really liked it
It's so easy just to classify Sassoon as "a war poet" but he comments on so much more that just war. His Satires were some of my favorites from this collection- sometimes scathing commentary on British life.

The later poems evoke a sadness that perhaps clarify how Sassoon felt about Britain entering another world war twenty years after the first one ended.
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Feeling a bit shell shocked, I decided to feel even more so. There's nothing like a trench to put it all into perspective.
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE was born into a wealthy banking family, the middle of 3 brothers. His Anglican mother and Jewish father separated when he was five. He had little subsequent contact with ‘Pappy’, who died of TB 4 years later. He presented his mother with his first ‘volume’ at 11. Sassoon spent his youth hunting, cricketing, reading, and writing. He was home-schooled until the age of ...more
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“EVERYONE suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filled with such delight
As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields;
on—on—and out of sight.
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted;
And beauty came like the setting sun:
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.”
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