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Counter-Attack and Other Poems

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Paperback, 60 pages
Published July 13th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1918)
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Marti Martinson
Undoubtedly the most subversive, seditious, and traitorous batch of anti-war Western poems I have ever read, and every damn word of them is true. These are personal and universal poems. It would do no good to have our "leaders" read them. Not one word nor image would resonate with them: we are here to do their bidding, and nothing else. The Neo-cons are happy Americans are dying their companies can prosper in the war. "Hallelujah, and Praise the Lord. It is not torture when WE do it." Ju ...more
Sassoon was a talented poet (and writer) whose vivid and intelligent imagination manages to capture the essence of the words and sounds he encountered during his war in a way that can be called beautiful. One reading of some of these poems is not enough, you need to savour them to truly take them in, you need to understand Sassoon better. For example, 'Survivors' didn't hit me where it was supposed to until I knew where he was, who he's lost, what he'd stood up for.
A truly amazing collection of
I have read about Sassoon. A fascinating man - brave in war and brave to confront society's expectations for soldiers to go to war and come back and be quiet.

I find poetry hard to read but this collection resonated with me. Imagery, the conflicts of men at war and at peace and the damage to the minds and bodies are all covered. Sassoon's poems are as good as any to describe the indescribable.
Sassoon captures the utter horror and lack of glamor in war. He evokes the bitter reality of the men who have had their nerves shattered, lives tarnished and lost friends, and that of those who weren't so lucky...

I thought the best were "The Glory of Women" and "Suicide in the Trenches", but there were many good ones.
Bitter and beautiful. Sassoon was one of the finest ever war poets (even if he didn't particularly appreciate the label) and two of my favourites are in this collection; 'Survivors' and 'To Any Dead Officer'.
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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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“Mute in that golden silence hung with green,
Come down from heaven and bring me in your eyes
Remembrance of all beauty that has been,
And stillness from the pools of Paradise.
“They march from safety, and the bird-sung joy
Of grass-green thickets, to the land where all
Is ruin, and nothing blossoms but the sky”
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