Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon

English war poet and writer (1886–1967)
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon, CBE, MC (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war. Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised autobiography, collectively known as the "Sherston trilogy".

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Siegfried Sassoon was born on Wednesday, 8 September 1886 in Matfield, Kent, England. His full name at birth was Siegfried Loraine Sassoon. He was best known as a poet. Sassoon's country of citizenship (nationality) was British. He died on Friday, 1 September 1967 in Heytesbury, Wiltshire at the age of 80. His religion is listed as Roman Catholic. His zodiac star sign was Virgo.

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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon
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8 September 1886
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Matfield, Kent, England
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1 September 1967
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Heytesbury, Wiltshire
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Stomach Cancer
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Soldier, Poet, Diarist, Memoirist, Journalist
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Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives

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