Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was a British poet, novelist, and soldier during World War I. He was born in Kent, England to a wealthy Jewish family and was educated at Marlborough College and Cambridge University. After the outbreak of World War I, Sassoon joined the British Army and served as an officer in the Royal Welch Fusiliers. He was awarded the Military Cross for his bravery in action and was later sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital in Scotland to recover from shell shock.
Sassoon's experiences in the war deeply affected him, and he began writing poetry as a form of therapy. His poetry is known for its powerful and unflinching portrayal of the horrors of war, and his work was a significant influence on other war poets such as Wilfred Owen. Sassoon's most famous work, "The Hero," is a satirical poem that criticizes the glorification of war and the soldiers who fought in it.
After the war, Sassoon continued to write and publish poetry, as well as novels and memoirs. He was awarded the CBE in 1959 for his literary contributions. Sassoon died in 1967, but his work continues to be celebrated and studied for its powerful and evocative portrayal of the human experience of war.
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