Theme Of Siegfried Sassoon

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The name of Siegfried Sassoon is written down in the Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey among the greatest authors of the wartime to pay homage to his contribution to the Universal Literature. Despite of the fact that he is sharing the eternity with other outstanding authors of the period, his sanity was indeed questioned. When WWI started he was willing to participate in it, nonetheless, as he became more aware of the reality of the battlefield, his poetry evolved towards an increasingly realistic and disenchanted one. As a result of this, he created poems full of levity that were utterly satirical. His verses reflected the bitterness of his emotions and his rage. Moreover, the statement he wrote concerning the war triggered the government’s…show more content…
This is reflected in the never ending recalling of their memories of the hell they lived in. Through some poems such as ‘Repression of the War Experience’ Sassoon narrates how possibly one is able drive his “ugly thoughts” away of his mind. The entire poem is not more than a digression dealing with different topics used to distract his mind. However, he is so traumatized by the war that he cannot get rid of the sound of “those whispering guns.” He ends up acknowledging that he is “going crazy” and “stark” while he is “staring mad because of the…show more content…
As Elaene Showalter defends in her book The Female Malady, during World War I there existed a mass “protest against politicians, generals and psychiatrists” and when dismissing “shell-shock patients as cowards” doctors were, in fact, suggesting “effeminacy and homosexuality.” However, this was not the case of Siegfried Sassoon as he was nicknamed as “Mad Jack” due to his reckless courage in the battlefield. Once he published ‘A Soldier’s Declaration’, his friend, Robert Graves, interpreted this act as a “self-destructive and futile gesture” since Graves foresaw the dangerous consequences of this declaration. He helped him by testifying on his behalf, not only to save his life, since if considered mentally ill, he would not be court-martialed, but also because in doing so he would not allow his pacifistic poetry emerge, and, in a way he would be discrediting him (Showalter,
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