Siegfried Sassoon and the Great War

Category: Speakers, General

Mr Dennis Silk's visit to the college on Tuesday, 13th September provided an opportunity for pupils to experience a talk full of first hand experiences that Mr Silk shared with the renowned war poet Siegfried Sassoon (OM). This tribute to Sassoon was full of personal fondness as well as respect for such a talented poet, informing us about Sassoon's life and exposing some details which were behind the writing of some of the finest war poetry.

Readings of a number of Sassoon's poems were included such as 'The Death-Bed' and 'The General' and exposed the hardship of the Great War. After having the opportunity to talk to Mr Silk (HM of C1, Warden of Radley and President of the MCC), I felt privileged to have spent some time in the company of a man full of such integrity and intelligence. In Mr Silk's monograph he describes Sassoon as 'a man who had learned to be at peace with himself, a man who could live most fully when left alone' and these words left the audience with a quiet sense of sincere admiration for both Mr Dennis Silk and his close friend, Siegfried Sassoon.

At the end of the talk, The Literary Society sold copies of the monograph and a CD containing Sassoon's reading of his own poetry in order to raise money for the Silks' chosen charity, Hop, Skip and Jump.

Abi McQuater (CO U6)
Secretary of Literary Society


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