10 Siegfried Sassoon Poems Everyone Should Read

In this guest post, Grace Freeman chooses ten of the best Sassoon poems

Although I’m interested in all aspects of war poetry, it probably wouldn’t shock anybody to learn (or not to learn, as the case may be) that I’m an Owen girl through and through. He was my first deep—maybe too deep—literary love, he introduced me to what is now one of the biggest passions in my life, and I’ve sometimes struggled to see beyond him and his individual experience of the war. In my youthful obsession (which is still very much present, albeit slightly more under control), I forgot one very important thing: that you can’t have Owen without Sassoon.

The two met at Craiglockhart War Hospital in 1917, where both had been sent for treatment for shell shock—Sassoon as a result of his public protestation of the war.

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