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World War I was the first major war in which virtually every country took part Because of the large number of countries involved in this war there were many casualties by the time everything returned to normal This war had a long lasting impact on just about everything During the four years of the war 1914-1918 the number of known dead has been placed at approximately 10000000 and about 20000000 woundedLanger Although the numbers of injured and killed were huge during the war there was beneficial side effect that the war produced the poetry of several people from 1914 to 1918 Three of the great World War I poets were Siegfried Sassoon Robert Graves and Wilfred Owen Through their wartime experiences these three men wrote what is considered to be the best war poetry of all time The first of these three great war poets was Siegfried Sassoon Sassoon was born on September 8th 1886 at Weirleigh in Kent England Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon was the second son of Alfred and Theresa Sassoon Already at the age of five Sassoon started to experience some hardships when his parents separated Sassoon went to college at Marlborough College for a year he then transferred to Claire College in Cambridge While at Cambridge Sassoon studied both law and history but did not earn a degree For the eight years between leaving college and the war Sassoon lived the life of a country gentleman He spent most of his time playing sports and writing poetry Sassoons best pre-war poem was called The Daffodil Murderer Since Sassoon knew that he could not live his entire life as a country gentleman he enlisted in the army on August 2nd 1914 This was only two days before the British declaration of war After spending a year in the army Sassoon became an officer in the Royal Fusiliers and was posted to the Western Front in France Between November 1915 and April 1917 Sassoon
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