Siegfried Sassoon: An English Poet

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Siegfried Sassoon
Siegfried Sassoon was an English poet, author and also a solider. He was born on 8th September 1886 and died 1st September 1967. He was known as one of the leading poets of the First World War. He wrote his poems about war and what it was like in the trenches and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who were responsible for the pointless death of millions. He was born at Weirleigh hospital in Matfield, Kent. He had a Jewish father and an Anglo-catholic mother. He was the second of three sons. When Sassoon was four there parents spilt. In May 1915, Sassoon was commissioned into the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and went to France. He impressed many with his bravery in the front line and was given a nickname ‘mad jack’ for his near-suicidal exploits. He influenced Wilfred Owen. He then started to writing the near-autobiographical novel ‘Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man’ and ‘Memoirs of an Infantry Officer and Sherstons progress. Although Sassoon wrote poetry before the War he was no more than a minoe Georgian poet. His best poem was ‘war was the Daffodil Murderer’. When his brother had died, Sassoon write a poem and dedicated to his brother ‘To My Brother’ and then he died when he was 81 on 1st September 1967. Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen was a British poet and was a solider and one of the leading poets of the First World War. He also write poems about what it was like in the war and the trenches. He was heavily influenced by his friend Siegfried Sassoon. Some of his best known works, most of them were published posthumously, were ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’ ‘Insensibility’ ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ ‘Futility’ and ‘Strange Meeting’. He was killed in action at the battle of the Sambre a week before the war ended. He was born the eldest of four children in Plas Wilmot; a house near Oswestry in Shropshire on 18th March. Owen was raised as an Anglican of the evangelical school. Owen is regarded by historians as the leading poet of the First World...
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