Well, sometime in 1917, when he was feeling particularly sassy, Sassoon wrote one of his most famous pieces, "Does it Matter?", a scathing poem that both describes common war injuries (blindness, limb loss, madness) and mocks those who act as if one can still live a normal life after suffering from them. The last two lines are now often quoted by people who want to express that something terrible has happened but they're not going to let it get them down: "So dark the night, so bright the moon. / Does it matter if I'm blind?"
Sassoon was born Siegfried Karl Weisloessner in a small town near Bavaria on February 15th 1894. His father was a German doctor who had moved to England to work as a medical missionary and his mother was English. When Siegfried was only three years old his family returned to Germany because his father wanted to take charge of an eye hospital in Berlin. However, just a few months later the outbreak of World War I caused him to return to England where he lived with his parents and two older sisters in Kent. He read English literature and philosophy at University College London and then became a schoolmaster but he felt unable to live up to the standards set by his teachers so he decided to become a soldier. In 1916 he joined the British Army's Royal Field Artillery as a second lieutenant and was sent to France where he was given a gun crew under his command.
The poem's tone is angry and sarcastic, expressing his contempt of those who expect critically injured and crippled warriors to remain joyful and upbeat despite their injuries. The poem itself conveys an increasing awareness of the forms of harm that combat inflicts on soldiers. At first, he seems only concerned with defending himself from the French king's soldiers; but as the poem progresses, he becomes more and more aware of the effects of war on the people who fight it.
Poetry is the art of expressing ideas through language. Poets are not necessarily educated or privileged, but they do need to have some training in reading and writing before they can write poetry. Most poets today are also musicians, actors, or writers and use both their poetic and other creative skills every day. In ancient times, poets were usually known by another name, such as bard, singer, or teller of tales.
During medieval times, many poems were written about religious subjects but others also discussed current events and politics. Today, most poets focus exclusively on political issues by writing poems, short stories, or novels. Although women have been writing poems since the beginning of time, only recently have they been given equal status with men. In fact, according to the World Poetry Association, one in five published books is a collection of poems.
There are many different styles of poetry.
The poem is about a soldier who was hurt in battle. He is in a wheelchair and is in a lonely spot. He reflects on his past and how he used to be attractive and talented as an artist. Rather than the designated soldier, the generation is represented by a sense of despair. This shows that even though things may seem hopeless, people can find hope.
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The poem remembers a childhood "event" in which another youngster uses a racist epithet against the speaker in public, altering his life forever. The lighthearted opening of the poem contrasts with the unexpected, horrible truth of this event, which disrupts the speaker's generally cheerful recall of this period in his life. Although he tries to forget the incident, it continues to haunt him.
This incident is what causes the speaker to question his previous assumptions about humanity. It makes him realize that some people are not as kind and honest as he had thought, and that even adults can be cruel. Now afraid of everyone, including his friends, he decides to hide away from the world until he grows up.
He eventually wakes up one morning and finds that someone has changed his life by planting stories in the newspapers. These news reports tell of a young boy who has been killed by a car, and of how this accident has robbed the world of a kind and generous man. Believing these stories to be true, the speaker realizes that someone must have been angry with his former friend for calling him racial slurs, and they have killed him to silence him. However, since he knew the kid, this doesn't make sense because he was too good for this world, so maybe these are just more lies planted by the murderer to confuse him.
Guilt, War, and Trauma "Remains" tells the story of a soldier who kills a guy while stationed in a conflict zone. However, as the poem proceeds, the speaker's guilt and pain grow more clear, and the speaker fights to accept the speaker's involvement in what transpired.
The poem makes me feel guilty for still feeling sad about it years later.
In conclusion, this poem reminds me that even though I did nothing wrong, I still feel responsible for my friend's death. Reminds me not to be so rash again.
'Bayonet Charge' and 'Remains' are unsettling, violent poems on the intimate impacts of combat on the individual soldier. Both poems use imagery and language that call to mind traditional war poems, but each is written in a style familiar to modern readers.
'Bayonet Charge' was published in 1872 in the New York Tribune. It is a long poem (48 lines) that describes the battle experience of an unnamed soldier from Ohio. The poet uses first-person narrative to show how the scene before him became "horrible" with "shrieks of pain and rage". He then moves on to describe how he himself was wounded by a bayonet thrust and finally recovers in a hospital after the battle has ended.
The poem ends with the soldier being sent home to recover from his injuries. There he finds that life has changed dramatically since the day he left for war: his friends and family no longer care about him and they have moved on with their lives without remembering him.
Despite this, he realizes that part of him will always be there waiting for her next assignment. This shows that even though we may leave some people behind when we go to war, we can never really escape it.
Beyond just recounting a tale, the poem's objective is to underline the importance of rejecting bigotry and striving for equality. The poem's sarcasm contributes to this goal. For example, it ridicules the idea that women are inferior to men by claiming that even dogs prefer men to women. It also reveals that none of the characters in the story were actually good enough to go into eternal life after they died. Finally, the poem ends with the speaker realizing that life is too short to hate anyone, including your enemy.
In conclusion, the purpose of "The Raven" is to show that we should all try to put ourselves in our opponents' shoes to understand why they act the way they do. Only then can we come up with a solution that will not only make them feel better but also help us achieve unity. In the end, we need to realize that we are all human beings who make mistakes, but what matters is how we deal with those errors.