Literature represents much of the very best of humanity's writings, and it is not by any accident that, after bestsellers and sensationalized books have faded from memory, literature continues to thrive and remain intensely relevant to contemporary human conditions. Literature's stories and texts survive the fires of time.
Robert Graves Of the poets who survived, Siegfried Sassoon arguably went on to have the most impact as an ex-war poet. Graves may have had a more celebrated literary career, but even he acknowledge his work after the war focused on other themes.
First is his personal life which culminated with his conversion to Roman Catholicism and second is his refrain from and renouncing of modernist poetic form. Egremont describes the split in the aesthetic divergence as rooted between the war poets and the younger literary generation.
BeforeBritain and the new art of continental Europe had been getting closer; now, for many, the Continent meant death, obliteration and, even in peace, rumours of chaos. Some—mostly non-combatants like [T. Owen had known nothing of Eliot and Pound.
This decision to split with the modernist forms isolated the war poets, especially Sassoon, characterizing them as outdated. The second issue of Sassoon post war years was his tumultuous life. The sex was filled with a series of homosexual affairs, which filled the whole decade following the war.
In he married, had a child, who he loved deeply, while he kept his homosexuality indiscreet. He wrote throughout his life, poetry, satires, novels with mixed results.
Toward the end of his life he had a conversion experience to Roman Catholicism, which affected him greatly. InSiegfried Sassoon went back to Flanders. He drove across the battlefields with Glen Byam Shaw, the young actor whom he loved, weeping at the memories. Sassoon had tried politics and lecture tours; he discovered sex, fooling himself that he could reform his decadent lovers, all the time feeling a bit lost.
When, inBlunden went to teach in Japan, Sassoon missed him badly; and nostalgia became more intense as he became less inspired by the present. He would live for another ten years and apparently his new found faith was the only thing that could put his war-torn, dislocated soul at rest.
Apparently Sassoon was not pleased with it. Here is the poem he wrote. Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,- Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones?
Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own. Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp; Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone, The armies who endured that sullen swamp. Here was the world's worst wound. And here with pride 'Their name liveth for ever', the Gateway claims. Was ever an immolation so belied as these intolerably nameless names?
Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime. You can hear the entire poem read here. I will also be going through T.Quotations about quotations, compiled by Terri Guillemets. The largest and most well-researched collection of quotes about quotes on the Web!
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