From Country Pursuits to the Western Front Find!
Perhaps because the anti-war sentiments of the 'war poets' are so strong, their other writing is sometimes overlooked. I was not aware before of Siegfried Sassoon's fictionalised autobiography, The Complete Memoirs of George Sherston, nor did I know that Sassoon grew up in Kent, so for me this is a find.
The first part of this book presents a picture of a somewhat introverted and sensitive young man growing up in an apparently idyllic rural environment around Matfield, in the Weald of Kent, in the pre-war Edwardian era. Sassoon's descriptions of the countryside are charming and beautifully detailed. Many place names are identified, but invented names are used, and initially I found this somewhat irritating, as I wanted to track his wanderings on a map, but the disguises are mostly quite easy to unravel, and anyway, it would be unfair to use this as a criticism of a very readable book.
Incidentally, was there a local wave of poetry in the air in Kent in the early part of the 20th Century, with Siegfied Sassoon, Edmund Blunden and Edward Thomas writing at that time? Last year I was transcribing letters written during World War 1 by men who all came from the small village of Great Chart, near Ashford, in Kent. While a patient at a military hospital, one of these men composed a poem which was later sent out to all his local comrades in their many different locations. Several of the men commented in their letters on how much the verses helped them to keep going through those terrible times. A real testimony to the power of poetry!
27 September 2009 from Julia
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