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Siegfried Sassoon : a study of the war poetry
Campbell, Patrick, 1935-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1999]

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x, 227 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
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PR6037.A86 Z64 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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An examination, through primary documents and research, of Sassoon's WWI poetry, written after his own stint on the front line.

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Campbell looks at more than 150 poems written between 1915 and 1919, combining a skillful biographical account of Sassoon during the war years with a close reading of the poems, 22 never seen before outside of Sassoon's diaries. Sassoon himself understood that in the eyes of critics he "came a poor second" to his friend Wilfred Owen. Although this book is unlikely to change that estimation, it fills in some of the gaps concerning Sassoon's artistic maturation. One learns how deeply Hardy impressed Sassoon, and a chapter on working methods and formal concerns reveals how the poet went about mining his notebooks in the construction of his satiric masterpieces. Campbell discusses Sassoon's sexual orientation and well-known misogyny; running throughout is the poet's important relationship with Robert Graves. Ultimately, what comes through is the steady fortitude and subtle brilliance of this poet, a man who suffered trench fever and a bullet wound to the head, along with innumerable losses (including that of his brother, who died on the same day and in the same campaign as Rupert Brooke), but who maintained the poet's discipline and perspective. Includes detailed interpretations sure to be useful to all students of Sassoon, and an adequate bibliography. Recommended for undergraduate and graduate collections. B. Adler Valdosta State University