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Siegfried Sassoon

English war poet and writer (1886–1967)

1886   -   1967

genre: poetry, daily newspaper
country of citizenship: United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Cambridge, Clare College, New Beacon School, Marlborough College
occupation: reporter, writer, military personnel, poet
award received: Military Cross, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry
influenced by: Thomas Hardy, Edward Morgan Forster, Robert Graves, Henry Vaughan, William Halse Rivers Rivers, Henry Head, Edmund Gosse

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an English war 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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