S2E7 - Wilfred Owen vs. Siegfried Sassoon

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Episode Notes

S2 E7: Wilfred Owen vs. Siegfried Sassoon

*TW: graphic descriptions of war incl. homicide, suicide, corpses, etc.

Wilfred Owen – “Dulce et Decorum Est” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46560/dulce-et-decorum-est

Siegfried Sassoon – “ ‘Blighters’ ” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57215/blighters

Wilfred Owen – “The Sentry” https://poets.org/poem/sentry

Siegfried Sassoon – “Attack” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57323/attack-56d23aba391f5

Siegfried Sassoon – “Counter-Attack” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57220/counter-attack

Wilfred Owen – “S.I.W.” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57346/s-i-w

Siegfried Sassoon – “On Passing the New Menin Gate” https://allpoetry.com/On-Passing-The-New-Menin-Gate

Wilfred Owen – “Insensibility” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57258/insensibility

Siegfried Sassoon – “Repression of War Experience” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57267/repression-of-war-experience

Wilfred Owen – “Disabled” https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/57285/disabled

Our first deep dive into First World War poetry considers the need to bear witness, the evolution of realism, the uses and problems of symbolism, anger at civilians, portrayals of mental illness, class, gender, disability, and the development of modernism. Anna judges Owen’s craft; Rachel veges out with Sassoon’s moth; Frank manages to only briefly mention sunrises and seems more interested in talking about rain; we all agree on the significance of these works but refuse to take these men as martyrs or saints.

CORRECTION: At one point, Frank uses the term "Edwardian" when he probably means to say "Georgian." As an Americanist, it's a bit tricky to keep track of artistic distinctions based on the names of British kings.

REFERENCES and further reading:

Caesar, Adrian. “The ‘Human Problem’ in Wilfred Owen’s Poetry.” Critical Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 2, June 1987, pp. 67-84.

Fussell, Paul. The Great War and Modern Memory. Oxford, 1975.

Hibberd, Dominic. Owen the Poet. U of Georgia, 1986.

Hibberd, Dominic. Wilfred Owen: The Last Year (1917-1918). Constable, 1992.

March, William. Company K. 1933. U of Alabama, 1989.

Owen, Wilfred. The Poems of Wilfred Owen. Edited by Edmund Blunden, 1931. New Classics, 1949.

Owen, Wilfred. The Poems of Wilfred Owen. Edited by Jon Stallworthy. Norton, 1986.

Pope, Jessie. War Poems. Grant Richards, 1915. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/jessie-popes-war-poems

Sassoon, Siegfried. Counter-Attack and Other Poems. William Heinemann, 1918. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/counter-attack-and-other-poems-by-siegfried-sassoon

Sassoon, Siegfried. The Old Huntsman and Other Poems. William Heinemann, 1917. https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/the-old-huntsman-by-siegfried-sassoon

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MUSIC: Refused – “Last Minute Pointer” & “The Slayer” from Songs to Fan the Flames of Discontent (Victory/Burning Heart, 1996)

ART: Paul Nash, We Are Making a New World. Oil on canvas, 1918. Imperial War Museum.

The Manchester Regiment at Serre, France, March 1917.

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