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Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon
Transcript of Suicide in the Trenches by Siegfried Sassoon
Second Stanza: C C D D
Third Stanza: E E F F Similes, metaphors, or allusions? Similes: None
Allusions: None Literal Action Described: Alliteration, Assonance, or Cacophony? Alliteration: Simple soldier (first stanza)
Slept soundly (first stanza)
Lice and lack (second stanza)
Assonance: Bullet, brain (second stanza)
No one spoke (second stanza)
Cacophony: Smug- faced (third stanza) Speaker: Theme: By: Siegfried Sassoon
1917 Intended Audience: People who cheer for the war. Images Used: Terrible conditions for the men in the trenches. A soldier contemplating killing himself, no one speaking of the suicide, other people cheering for soldiers when they don't know what goes on in the trenches. A man who watched this soldier kill himself. Anger Important Lines: "I knew a simple soldier boy who grinned at life in empty jot," Past tense meaning he his already gone
"He put a bullet through his brain, no one spoke of him again." Language: Conversational
Ironic "You smug- faced crowds with kindling eye, who cheer when soldier lads march by," People at home cheering for the ones who lived, but don't recognize soldiers who take their own lives. Most Important line: