Tag Archive: Siegfried Sassoon

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen

This sonnet was completed on, or just before, 25th September 1917 and the final draft, of which there were many, bears several amendments by Siegfried Sassoon, whom Owen had met while both men were at Craiglockhart Military Hospital during that summer. However, Anthem for Doomed Youth, in a different form, was first imagined by Owen […]

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Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon poster

This poem was written in March 1919, shortly after the poet was demobilised. By this stage, Sassoon had come to despise the war, but retained, throughout his life a great affection for the men with whom he had served, which is reflected in this piece. A very personal poem, Aftermath used to be broadcast on […]

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Robert Graves

Robert Graves

Robert Von Ranke Graves was born in Wimbledon on 24th July 1895, the third of five children born to Alfred Perceval Graves and his second wife, Amalie Elizabeth Von Ranke. Graves was educated at Charterhouse School, where he was befriended and influenced by one of the masters, mountaineer, George Mallory. In 1914, Graves has just […]

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Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen

Born on 18th March 1893 in Plas Wilmot near Oswestry in Shropshire, Wilfred Owen would eventually become one of the most famous war poets in the English language. His poetry is now most certainly the most widely read and studied within this genre and forms the introduction to the First World War for many individuals. […]

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Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mew

Charlotte Mary Mew was born on London on 15th November 1869, the third child of architect Frederick Mew and his wife Anna Maria Marden (née Kendall). Charlotte’s mother firmly believed that she had married beneath her and throughout her marriage, despite having seven children, she did very little around the home. The children, Henry, Frederick, […]

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Redeeming Features

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Further to yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Today programme broadcast, I have now read an article in this morning’s Telegraph online entitled “Unpublished poems shed light on Siegfried Sassoon” in which Dr Jean Moorcroft Wilson, described as “Sassoon’s biographer” (she’s actually one of several and not necessarily the most eminent, or recent) expresses her surprise that […]

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A Petty Case of Right and Wrong?

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

In light of this morning’s broadcast on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it seems necessary to make some comment regarding the way in which the literature of the First World War is deemed by some to overshadow the military significance of the conflict. The broadcast itself was incredibly brief (perhaps not surprising, given current world […]

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Edmund Blunden

Edmund Blunden

Edmund Charles Blunden was born on London on November 1st 1896, the oldest child of headmaster Charles Blunden and his wife, Margaret (née Georgina Margaret Tyler). After the arrival of two more children, the Blundens moved to Yalding in Kent, where Charles became headmaster of the local village school. Edmund passed a very happy childhood […]

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Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

Born on 8th September 1886, Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was the second of three sons of Alfred and Theresa Sassoon. His parents separated when he was four years old, leaving his mother to raise her three sons alone. Nonetheless, Sassoon spent a happy and secure childhood and was educated at Marlborough before going on to Clare […]

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Literary Connections No.5: Edward Thomas

Literary Connections No.5

Literary Connections No.5, shows the links between Edward Thomas, Ivor Gurney, Edmund Blunden, Siegfried Sassoon, and Rupert Brooke.

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