Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English soldier whose contributions to literature were inspired by his experiences on the Western Front during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Though remembered primarily as a poet, he also penned works in prose, such as the semi-autobiographical ''Sherston Trilogy'' (composed of ''Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man'', ''Memoirs of an Infantry Officer'' and ''Sherston's Progress'').
!! Tropes in the works of Siegfried Sassoon:
* AuthorAvatar: George Sherston, the hero of the ''Sherston Trilogy''.
* ChurchMilitant: The Bishop in "'They'" is supposed to exemplify what's wrong with this attitude.
* DeadpanSnarker: If his autobiography is anything to judge by.
* GeneralFailure: Most famously in "The General":
-->Hes a cheery old card, grunted Harry to Jack
-->As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.
--> * * *
-->But he did for them both by his plan of attack.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Several of the poems parody idealized representations of soldiers as chivalric medieval heroes, especially "Glory of Women."
* WarIsGlorious: As he states in the ''Memoirs of an Infantry Officer'', "against the background of the war and its brutal stupidity those men had stood glorified by the thing which sought to destroy them".
* WarIsHell: Famous for his strong anti-war stance, Sassoon detailed the horrors of trench warfare, satirized the complacency of civilians and condemned the patriotic pretensions of those who wielded the power to end the war. "Memorial Tablet", written from the perspective of a fallen soldier says: "I died in hell (They called it Passchendaele)."