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Siegfried Sassoon

Data de nascimento: 8. Setembro 1886
Data de falecimento: 1. Setembro 1967

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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon foi um poeta inglês. Ficou conhecido como escritor de sátiras AntiGuerra em poesia, durante a Primeira Guerra Mundial. Mais tarde foi aclamado por seu trabalho em prosa, sua autobiografia ficcional de três volumes, conhecida como "Sherston Trilogy".

Citações Siegfried Sassoon

„Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime
Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Here was the world's worst wound. And here with pride 'Their name liveth for evermore' 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. "On Passing the New Menin Gate" (1927-1928)

„Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone,
The armies who endured that sullen swamp.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Who will remember, passing through this Gate, The unheroic Dead who fed the guns? 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. "On Passing the New Menin Gate" (1927-1928)

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„Who will remember, passing through this Gate,
The unheroic Dead who fed the guns?“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Who will remember, passing through this Gate, The unheroic Dead who fed the guns? 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. "On Passing the New Menin Gate" (1927-1928)

„October's bellowing anger breakes and cleaves
The bronzed battalions of the stricken wood“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: October's bellowing anger breakes and cleaves The bronzed battalions of the stricken wood In whose lament I hear a voice that grieves For battle's fruitless harvest, and the feud Of outrage men. Their lives are like the leaves Scattered in flocks of ruin, tossed and blown Along the westering furnace flaring red. O martyred youth and manhood overthrown, The burden of your wrongs is on my head. "Autumn"

„Let no one ever, from henceforth say one word in any way countenancing war.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Let no one ever, from henceforth say one word in any way countenancing war. It is dangerous even to speak of how here and there the individual may gain some hardship of soul by it. For war is hell, and those who institute it are criminals. Were there even anything to say for it, it should not be said; for its spiritual disasters far outweigh any of its advantages. As quoted by Robert Nichols in his introduction to The Counter-Attack and Other Poems (1918)

„Selfless and ardent, resolute and gay,
So in this hour, in strange survival stands
Your ghost, whom I am powerless to repay.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: O fathering friend and scientist of good, Who in solitude, one bygone summer’s day, And in the throes of bodily anguish, passed away From dream and conflict and research-lit lands Of ethnological learning, — even as you stood Selfless and ardent, resolute and gay, So in this hour, in strange survival stands Your ghost, whom I am powerless to repay.

„O martyred youth and manhood overthrown,
The burden of your wrongs is on my head.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: October's bellowing anger breakes and cleaves The bronzed battalions of the stricken wood In whose lament I hear a voice that grieves For battle's fruitless harvest, and the feud Of outrage men. Their lives are like the leaves Scattered in flocks of ruin, tossed and blown Along the westering furnace flaring red. O martyred youth and manhood overthrown, The burden of your wrongs is on my head. "Autumn"

„Mute in the clamour of shells he watched them burst
Spouting dark earth and wire with gusts from hell,
While posturing giants dissolved in drifts of smoke.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Mute in the clamour of shells he watched them burst Spouting dark earth and wire with gusts from hell, While posturing giants dissolved in drifts of smoke. He crouched and flinched, dizzy with galloping fear, Sick for escape,— loathing the strangled horror And butchered, frantic gestures of the dead. "Counter-Attack"

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„I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacency with which the majority of those at home regard the contrivance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: I have seen and endured the sufferings of the troops, and I can no longer be a party to prolong these sufferings for ends which I believe to be evil and unjust. I am not protesting against the conduct of the war, but against the political errors and insincerities for which the fighting men are being sacrificed. On behalf of those who are suffering now I make this protest against the deception which is being practised on them; also I believe that I may help to destroy the callous complacency with which the majority of those at home regard the contrivance of agonies which they do not share, and which they have not sufficient imagination to realize.

„Here was the world's worst wound.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Here was the world's worst wound. And here with pride 'Their name liveth for evermore' 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. "On Passing the New Menin Gate" (1927-1928)

„Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land,
Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: Soldiers are citizens of death's grey land, Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows. In the great hour of destiny they stand, Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows.

„I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it.
I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers.“

— Siegfried Sassoon
Context: I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it. I am a soldier, convinced that I am acting on behalf of soldiers. I believe that this War, on which I entered as a war of defence and liberation, has now become a war of aggression and conquest.

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