What Is The Theme Of The Poem By Siegfried Sassoon

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Siegfried Sassoon is one of the most famous of all the war poets. He was a soldier in WWI and his poem is based on his own experience in the war. “Attack” and “Suicide in the trenches”, both poems describe sense of horror and sympathy for the soldiers, death and criticism supporter of the war. The first six lines of describe the landscape; the next six lines describe the soldiers as they go over the top. “Attack” begins with a description of the landscape of war. The first line of the poem gives the time and place of the war. The mass of brown and greenish color of the uniform of soldiers is blend into the landscape. The poet suggests with the personification of “glow’ring sun” an image of sunrise that makes the scene seem more menacing. He also suggests the sun is purple color and is covered by smoke. The purple color of sun it creates a dark, sinister intensity. He uses sibilance in lines 3 and 4 to create the hissing sounds of burning embers and it emphasizes the harshness of the surrounding. He uses sibilance “Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud”, to suggest noise of the war and machines. “Smoke” is almost like a human feature and it’s all around them, it covered them around the body, their…show more content…
In ‘Suicide in the trenches’, the poet also describes the landscape in the first stanza. Like “lonesome dark”, dark is usually suggestive of despair, loneness, emptiness and isolation. It is to suggest the darkness of the war, and the soldier’s hopelessness of the war. The connotation of both words suggests their eyes are covered by smoke. Dark also is similar to the smoke. The connotation of both words is that the soldier eyes are covered by smoke; they can only vaguely see things. The poet uses two humane features, which are smoke and noise to convey his idea. He wants to suggest that the environment of war is uncomfortable and menacing for the
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