'Blighters'

By Siegfried Sassoon 1886–1967 Siegfried Sassoon
The House is crammed: tier beyond tier they grin 
And cackle at the Show, while prancing ranks 
Of harlots shrill the chorus, drunk with din; 
We’re sure the Kaiser loves the dear old Tanks!
 
I’d like to see a Tank come down the stalls, 
Lurching to rag-time tunes, or Home, sweet Home, 
And there'd be no more jokes in Music-halls 
To mock the riddled corpses round Bapaume.

Source: The Old Huntsman and Other Poems (1917)

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Poet Siegfried Sassoon 1886–1967

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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Siegfried Sassoon is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems of the First World War, which brought him public and critical acclaim. Avoiding the sentimentality and jingoism of many war poets, Sassoon wrote of the horror and brutality of trench warfare and contemptuously satirized generals, politicians, and churchmen for their incompetence and blind support of the war. His later poems, often concerned with religious . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Music, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Poetic Terms Quatrain, Rhymed Stanza

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