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”.
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the rhyme of “brain” and “again” at line eight tries to form a connection that although a young boy was convinced to join the war and fought tremendously for his country and himself. However, in the end, he was pushed to his limit and “no one spoke of him again”. This shows how cruel and selfish war is. The boy had sacrificed his childhood fun, laughter and playful life in for nothing to return. This is effective because it makes the reader think about ‘why is there war’ and ‘why are there innocent lives at risk’ which creates the bitter mood.

The diction used in the poem sends the reader a clear message about war. In the last stanza, the word “kindling” is being used to describe the “eyes” of the “smug-faced crowds”. “Kindling” is used to describe the facial description which shows that it is a very shallow expression feature that expresses the lack of empathy shown to the young men. However, Siegfried tries to show with a sarcastic tone that they think war is a glorious thing; they feel proud of the children risking their lives with nothing in return and seem to understand and appreciate what they are doing. But in reality the public cannot imagine what these children are going through. This is how the word “kindling” reveals a shallow side of everyone’s personality.

In my personal opinion, the last stanza is the strongest and most impactful stanza. While the previous two stanzas shows the transformation of the boy
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