September is the time when we celebrate the acclaimed war poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Siegfried Sassoon was born 8th September 1886, and died in 1967, on September 1st. Sassoon was a talented poet, writer and soldier. He received the Military Cross for bravery during the First World War.
He wrote fervent pieces that spoke of compassion for his fellow soldiers, and his anger towards those he believed could have ended the war sooner but instead prolonged it.
Sassoon continued to write for the rest of his life, publishing many important works such as Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man and Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.
Sassoon was sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital (Now our Craiglockhart campus) during World War One. Here he met Wilfred Owen during his convalescence, and together they produced some of the finest war poetry ever written.
You can visit our permanent exhibition area containing more than 600 unique items. It allows visitors to get an insight into war through the experiences of the poets. Access to the War Poets Collection remains limited due to social distancing, so if you would like to visit please contact us first.
Not only do we have many items in our permanent exhibit, but we also have a treasure trove of exciting new material. It has been loaned to Edinburgh Napier’s War Poets Collection for the period covering the Centenary of the First World War Armistice on November 11th. The new exhibits, which will be available for public viewing, include original photographs of celebrated war poet Siegfried Sassoon, work privately printed by him and an original of his famous war protest letter of July 1917. Read more about it here.
If you would like to read some of his works, here are some sources:
For Library Members
Siegfried Sassoon: poet’s pilgrimage
Siegfried Sassoon : (1886-1967)
Dr W. H. R. Rivers: Siegfried Sassoon and Robert Graves ‘fathering friend’
You can check out Librarysearch.napier.ac.uk for access to many more wonderful University materials
10 Siegfried Sassoon Poems Everyone Should Read
The Siegfried Sassoon Fellowship
Thank you for reading.