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In 1920 Siegfried Sassoon wrote an article for VANITY FAIR MAGAZINE about the poets of the First World War; if you would like to read it, click here.



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American poet Marguerite Wilkinson(1883 1928) was very impressed with the World War I poetry of Sigfried Sassoon, MC (1886 1967) and her admiration is clearly expressed in this article which appeared in the pages of "Touchstone Magazine" during the Spring of 1920; coinciding with the poet's American lecture tour and the publishing of his new collection, "Picture-Show". Wilkinson lucidly explains why Sassoon's voice was different from all the other wartime versifiers and illustrated her point by quoting liberally from his two earlier volumes, "The Old Huntsman" (1917) and "Counter Attack" (1918):

"Such wisdom is the shining power of Sigfried Sassoon. To read it is to come face to face with indelible memories of unspeakable anguish. No palliatives are offered. The truth about warfare is told, as Mr. Sassoon understands it, with vigor and in sight...It is told by a man, a soldier, who will never forget this Calvary of the youth of our generation."

     


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Siegfried Sassoon Reviewed (Touchstone Magazine, 1920)

Siegfried Sassoon Reviewed (Touchstone Magazine, 1920)

Siegfried Sassoon Reviewed (Touchstone Magazine, 1920)

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