Suicide in the Trenches- Analysis

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Suicide In The Trenches

In my analysis, I will demonstrate how Siegfred Sassoon has used many different language techniques to show his perspective on the true meaning of war.

For example, the poet has used simplistic diction that creates an image of the destruction of a “simple soldier boy”. At first we see him whistling, this then degrades to depression which lead him to committing suicide. Siegfred Sassoon concludes his poem with anger and a powerful message. “Sneak home and pray you’ll never know” emphasizes that those who aren’t soldiers have to “sneak home and pray” to show their empathy for the soldiers. In the last line it implies the fact that the crowd doesn’t have to go through “the hell where youth and laughter go”.

Sassoon had used a simple rhyme scheme of A-A-B-B to create a ‘joyful’ melody in the readers mind. The rhyme scheme makes the poem sound very light hearted when it is actually a very sad topic. It is quoted in “I knew a simple soldier boy Who grinned at life in empty joy” the sound ‘oy’ sounds very content which creates an irony throughout the whole poem. It makes an impact on the reader since it would sound like a nursery rhyme. It sets up the paradox of ‘nursery rhyme’ but ending with ‘death’.

In the first stanza Siegfred Sassoon has made a very innocuous opening with “I knew a simple soldier boy”. As you read more, it reveals the evolution of the cost of war. In the first stanza the young soldier immediately loses the innocence of youth. The poet has used simple words to create an impact to the reader. Such as “simple” has connotations with innocence which establishes the soldier is still a young boy and not a man.

In the 3rd line of the first stanza Sassoon quoted “slept soundly”. The usage of sibilance creates a harsh and bitter tone throughout the stanza. Also, it add an importance on the phrase “slept soundly”. People who can sleep soundly are the people who have nothing to worry about before they go the bed. This...
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