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In this essay I will explore Siegfried Sassoons attitudes to war Siegfried Sassoon detested war and so in 1917 started a crusade against fighting He said I can no longer be a party to prolonging those sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust This sums up his whole feeling that effects his war attitudes In The Hero Siegfried Sassoon uses contrasting stanzas to emphasise the harshness of the last stanza In the second verse the Brother officer is telling the poor old dear some gallant lies that she would nourish all her days no doubt this is quite a sympathetic line that makes the last stanza have more of an impact In his poem Siegfried Sassoon shows that no matter how many stories the mother is told she will believe them because she doesnt know what really happens in the war because the newspapers and other sources dont always tell the truth He also conveys the idea that soldiers are suffering for unjust reasons To get sent home and how at last he died this I feel is evidence that soldiers suffered a lot as he was trying to escape war and he died by doing so The war was being prolonged because people were trying to escape as they hated it also nothing was being gained by the war Suicide in the trenches is a very gloomy poem because there is a simple soldier boy who is very depressed and no-one knows about him until he is dead then no-one spoke of him again They didnt because they were ashamed of him because he was a coward and could not face war With crumps and lice and lack of rum this quotation conveys the fact that the soldiers are suffering and no-one cares Lack of rum may sound trivial but when you are alone and used to it you miss it when it goes he last stanza is very powerful
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