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Sassoon's fame as a novelist and autobiographer, and the success of his posthumously published Diaries, have somewhat obscured his achievement as a poet. Apart from the famous War Poems of 1919, which firmly established his reputation, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. This collected edition represents his own choice of the poems he wished to preserv Sassoon's fame as a novelist and autobiographer, and the success of his posthumously published Diaries, have somewhat obscured his achievement as a poet. Apart from the famous War Poems of 1919, which firmly established his reputation, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. This collected edition represents his own choice of the poems he wished to preserve. It was first published in 1947 and subsequently enlarged to include the late poems in Sequences.


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Sassoon's fame as a novelist and autobiographer, and the success of his posthumously published Diaries, have somewhat obscured his achievement as a poet. Apart from the famous War Poems of 1919, which firmly established his reputation, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. This collected edition represents his own choice of the poems he wished to preserv Sassoon's fame as a novelist and autobiographer, and the success of his posthumously published Diaries, have somewhat obscured his achievement as a poet. Apart from the famous War Poems of 1919, which firmly established his reputation, he published eight volumes of verse during his lifetime. This collected edition represents his own choice of the poems he wished to preserve. It was first published in 1947 and subsequently enlarged to include the late poems in Sequences.

30 review for Collected Poems, 1908-1956

  1. 5 out of 5

    Truls Ljungström

    Sasoon tillhör de där ödesburna figurerna som man förstår, inte håller med och sympatiserar fullständigt med samtidigt. Sasoons problem, bortsett från hans politik, är att han är väldigt ojämn. Många av dikterna slår hårt - deras budskap är tunga, och deras tanke djup, och deras tre fyra inledande strofer, eller de strofer Sasoon byggde sin text runt, är gudagivna. Men resten är inte alltid av samma kvalitet. När Sasoon är som bäst, i de korta halvsidersdikter som han skrev mellan världskrigen, Sasoon tillhör de där ödesburna figurerna som man förstår, inte håller med och sympatiserar fullständigt med samtidigt. Sasoons problem, bortsett från hans politik, är att han är väldigt ojämn. Många av dikterna slår hårt - deras budskap är tunga, och deras tanke djup, och deras tre fyra inledande strofer, eller de strofer Sasoon byggde sin text runt, är gudagivna. Men resten är inte alltid av samma kvalitet. När Sasoon är som bäst, i de korta halvsidersdikter som han skrev mellan världskrigen, och efter det 2a, är hans svarta humor det kitt som binder samman tanke och kärnstrofer, och som fyller utfyllnadsmaterialet med mening. Ett bra exempel på detta är dikten "plikttrogenhet" (min översättning) där han jämställer 1a världskrigets generaler med kung David, ivrig att beskriva hur modig Uria var för hans änka; eller den där han beskriver djävulen vid segermonumentet, och hur man efter ett tag glömmer offren, och förfalskar och skapar ära kring dem, för att slippa ta hand om de som offrat. Just diskrepansen mellan civilsamhällets beteenden och de beteenden som anständigheten egentligen kräver, är typiska för Sasoon. Han är på det sättet en högst medeltida figur, som skulle vara på sin plats (och förmodligen trivts bättre) i vilken miljö som helst, där exmilitärer tilläts styra. Hans avsky mot de som tar för lätt på effekterna av utrikespolitk överträffas bara av hans förakt för diplomater, och desperation inför de besuttna klassernas likgiltighet inför effekterna av deras val. Även om Sasoon av allt att döma hade en komplicerad relation till religion, han skriver frekvent med allusioner till Bibeln, men med en djup misstro mot prästerskapets sociala roll, så skriver han likväl i samma tradition som de judiska profeterna, eller som Valdés under den spanska renässansen. Sasoons svartsynthet räddar honom här från att bli dömande. Han förväntar sig genuint det värsta, och kan därför glädjas när det blir bättre än så. Hans dikter kan alltså kokas ned till aforismer, med ett sockerpiller runt som gör dem lättare att svälja. Det behövs nog, för aforismerna hade inte stått på egen hand med den ilska som ligger i dem. Likväl är min rekommendation att behandla Sasoon både som konstnär och som en propagandist in spe - med mindre intellektuell hederlighet, och Sasoon, oavsett hans intellektuella missgrepp, var helgjuten och genuin i sin tanke, hade Sasoon blivit en farlig istället för storslagen individ. Jag kan inte annat än rekommendera hans dikt. Han är ingen Petrarca, men nog så skicklig i sin genre; och om politisk dikt alls tilltalar dig kommer hans bildspråk att göra dig imponerad.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve Merrick

    To these I turn, in these I trust; Brother Lead and Sister Steel. S Sassoon There is an anger to Sassoons poetry that like a riptide can make a shortcut directly into your brain, the visualisations that his words can create sting, sometimes unpleasantly, but always with an energy that is startling. The poems can catapult you into a trench or into a green village, and these written snapshots of Sassoons life often grant you an insight into your own. Anger, rage, humanity and humour combine with each To these I turn, in these I trust; Brother Lead and Sister Steel. S Sassoon There is an anger to Sassoons poetry that like a riptide can make a shortcut directly into your brain, the visualisations that his words can create sting, sometimes unpleasantly, but always with an energy that is startling. The poems can catapult you into a trench or into a green village, and these written snapshots of Sassoons life often grant you an insight into your own. Anger, rage, humanity and humour combine with each word, and within them a man chained by reality speaks to you directly from one hundred years ago. Whilst one hundred years later his words still ring true as we still fight one another with a rhythmic regularity. If you like real history then these poetic snapshots will vividly create the war to end all wars, but because it didn't end all wars, then these poems will be as relevant today as they were then.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Patricia N. McLaughlin

    Somewhat Victorian in sentiment and more Metaphysical than Modern in praxis, this collection chronicles the ravages of war in notable poems like “The Hero” and “Counter Attack”; its residual, inedible effects in “Aftermath” and “The One Who Was with Me in the War”; and dire warnings for so-called civilizations that would glorify and glamorize war in “Litany of the Lost” and “Words for the Wordless.” Sassoon’s homages to poets— “To an Eighteenth Century Poet,” Shelley and Blake (“Grandeur of Ghos Somewhat Victorian in sentiment and more Metaphysical than Modern in praxis, this collection chronicles the ravages of war in notable poems like “The Hero” and “Counter Attack”; its residual, inedible effects in “Aftermath” and “The One Who Was with Me in the War”; and dire warnings for so-called civilizations that would glorify and glamorize war in “Litany of the Lost” and “Words for the Wordless.” Sassoon’s homages to poets— “To an Eighteenth Century Poet,” Shelley and Blake (“Grandeur of Ghosts”), and Vaughan (“At the Grave of Henry Vaughan”)—are also noteworthy. Favorite Poems: “The Hero” “Counter-Attack” “Aftermath” “Grandeur of Ghosts” “To an Eighteenth Century Poet” “To One Who Was with Me in the War” “At the Grave of Henry Vaughan” “Litany of the Lost” “Words for the Wordless”

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cooper Renner

    Didn't read as much of this as I thought I might. Might dip into it again later. His war poems are in many cases very good. Didn't read as much of this as I thought I might. Might dip into it again later. His war poems are in many cases very good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ocean Freeman

    melancholic and quite pessimistic but some real gems in there

  6. 5 out of 5

    notgettingenough

    Is it not a pity that we see war as so important it overshadows everything, so that a poet becomes a war poet although there is more to him than that. Maybe it would be better if we were more naive about war and less cynical about love. Lovers You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away. Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed; But as you fall asleep I hear you say Those tired sweet drowsy words we left unsaid. Sleep well: for I can follow you, to bless And lull your distant beauty where yo Is it not a pity that we see war as so important it overshadows everything, so that a poet becomes a war poet although there is more to him than that. Maybe it would be better if we were more naive about war and less cynical about love. Lovers You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away. Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed; But as you fall asleep I hear you say Those tired sweet drowsy words we left unsaid. Sleep well: for I can follow you, to bless And lull your distant beauty where you roam; And with wild songs of hoarded loveliness Recall you to these arms that were your home. Parted Sleepless I listen to the surge and drone And drifting roar of the town’s undertone; Till through quiet falling rain I hear the bells Tolling and chiming their brief tune that tells Day’s midnight end. And from the day that’s over No flashes of delight I can recover; But only dreary winter streets, and faces Of people moving in loud clanging places: And I in my loneliness, longing for you... For all I did to-day, and all I’ll do To-morrow, in this city of intense Arteried activities that throb and strive, Is but a beating down of that suspense Which holds me from your arms. I am alive Only that I may find you at the end Of these slow-striking hours I toil to spend, Putting each one behind me, knowing but this— That all my days are turning toward your kiss; That all expectancy awaits the deep Consoling passion of your eyes, that keep Their radiance for my coming, and their peace For when I find in you my love’s release.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    It's so easy just to classify Sassoon as "a war poet" but he comments on so much more that just war. His Satires were some of my favorites from this collection- sometimes scathing commentary on British life. The later poems evoke a sadness that perhaps clarify how Sassoon felt about Britain entering another world war twenty years after the first one ended. It's so easy just to classify Sassoon as "a war poet" but he comments on so much more that just war. His Satires were some of my favorites from this collection- sometimes scathing commentary on British life. The later poems evoke a sadness that perhaps clarify how Sassoon felt about Britain entering another world war twenty years after the first one ended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Parker

    I came to this book after having read a biography of Sassoon and i think that that certainly gave an added aspect to the reading of the poems. OK 'not all of them are Bulls eyes' a lot of them are. Sharp observation, biting satire, heartbreaking love poems and even more heart rending angst. I came to this book after having read a biography of Sassoon and i think that that certainly gave an added aspect to the reading of the poems. OK 'not all of them are Bulls eyes' a lot of them are. Sharp observation, biting satire, heartbreaking love poems and even more heart rending angst.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Genius!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Feeling a bit shell shocked, I decided to feel even more so. There's nothing like a trench to put it all into perspective. Feeling a bit shell shocked, I decided to feel even more so. There's nothing like a trench to put it all into perspective.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Samir Ali

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    Brad

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    Arthur

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    Paul

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    Tim

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    Loesja

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    Valis Umbra

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gaius

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dave Trembley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loren

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    Ian

  22. 4 out of 5

    James Eret

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    Chris

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lucía Oyarzún Marchesi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Emley

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    Una Geiger

  27. 4 out of 5

    Eduardo

  28. 4 out of 5

    Randy

  29. 4 out of 5

    orion kugel

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jared

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