This is the next in a series on writers and poets who were affected by World War One.
Sept. 8, 1886, Kent, Great Britain
As a child, Sassoon’s parents separated and his father died when he was nine. Nevertheless, he lived comfortably and was educated. He began writing shortly before the war began.
World War One:
Sassoon joined the army days after the outbreak of World War One. In 1915, he broke his arm and this injury kept him from the front for months.
He and Graves discussed and critiqued each others’ work. Sassoon wrote scenes of vivid war imagery, focusing on the horrors around him. His best poems include “To Any Dead Officer,” “Counter Attack,” “The One-Legged Man,” “The General” and “Repression of War Experience.”
As a soldier, Sassoon was known for his bravery and was awarded the Military Cross. By 1917, however, he was fed up with the war and refused to return to service. He was hospitalized with shell shock, although he could have been court martialed, and returned to service in 1918.
Sept. 1, 1967, of cancer. He is one of few World War One poets to survive the war. The mental scars lasted a lifetime. Sassoon spent much of his post-war life either in seclusion or lecturing on pacifism.
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