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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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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.
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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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