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Wartime Revisited: Ghosts and Spirits in Sassoon’s Patriotic Verse of the Second World War

Robert Hemmings

in Modern Nostalgia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633067
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651887 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633067.003.0005
Wartime Revisited: Ghosts and Spirits in Sassoon’s Patriotic Verse of the Second World War

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This chapter examines Sassoon’s thwarted sense of honour and duty, which was expressed in the revival of his ‘war poet’ persona, and looks at Sassoon’s preference to go further into an isolated world of privileged privacy, which was set against a rekindled sense of patriotism. It also studies the attendant poems, which are culturally interesting and express a nostalgic longing for the values that were destroyed during the 1914–18 war.

Keywords: war poet; privileged privacy; sense of patriotism; attendant poems; sense of honour

Chapter.  6899 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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