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    Hey,

    Can anyone give examples of First World War poetry which deal with shellshock?

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    You can try and look at Sasson's poems, they'll most certainly have something.
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    02mik_e is right, I've picked an example for you to see if it's what you're looking for.

    Survivors

    No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
    Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
    Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' —
    These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
    They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
    Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,—
    Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
    Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
    Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
    Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.

    -Siegfried Sassoon
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    That's brilliant! Exactly what I was wanting.

    Thank you!
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    (Original post by huladancingmunchkin)
    That's brilliant! Exactly what I was wanting.

    Thank you!
    No problem.
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    (Original post by Darlow17)
    02mik_e is right, I've picked an example for you to see if it's what you're looking for.

    Survivors

    No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
    Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
    Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' —
    These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
    They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
    Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,—
    Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
    Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
    Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
    Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.

    -Siegfried Sassoon
    Have you started unit 6 already?
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    Unit 6 is the synoptic paper? If so, my class spent half of the first half term doing it, and will return to it again later in the year.

    And Siegfried Sasson is always a good one to go to, Wilfred Owen too. They are both anti-war and thus are more likely to discuss issues such as this, unlike such people as Rupert Brooke who tended to show war as an idealistic and patriotic place.
 
 
 
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