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Author: poem of Siegfried Sassoon Type: poem Views: 50

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You love us when we're heroes, home on leave,

Or wounded in a mentionable place.

You worship decorations; you believe

That chivalry redeems the war's disgrace.

You make us shells. You listen with delight,

By tales of dirt and danger fondly thrilled.

You crown our distant ardours while we fight,

And mourn our laurelled memories when we're killed.

You can't believe that British troops 'retire'

When hell's last horror breaks them, and they run,

Trampling the terrible corpses--blind with blood.

O German mother dreaming by the fire,

While you are knitting socks to send your son

His face is trodden deeper in the mud.

Submitted by MrMosey


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| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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I believe this whole poem is an extended metaphor as the mentioned \"female\" in this poem represents the mother country of Germany.

| Posted on 2012-03-07 | by a guest

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Point: At least two lines in the poem are polysemic.
Quote: “[you love us when we’re]…wounded in a mentionable place.”
Analysis: The line could refer to one of many things – that the narrator has been wounded in a well-known location on Earth or in the War, enabling his implied lover to boast about and be proud of him, thus enabling them also to love him. It could mean that he has been wounded in a mentionable place on his body, enabling his implied lover to boast about and be proud of him for being heroically injured, also implying that they love him because he is wounded and home, and that if he was wounded somewhere implying weakness or dishonesty, eg the foot, she would not love him – or she would not love him were he wounded so severely as to require assistance, which would also be “unmasculine”, and thus unmentionable – or, indeed, an unmentionable place in the euphemistic Victorian sense of the word, which might mean that “loving” in any sense other than emotional would be...logistically improbable. Another interpretation is that there is an implied comma between “wounded” and “in”, meaning that “in” refers not to the place of being wounded, but the current residence of the narrator. This could mean that he is wounded, in a hospital, which is a mentionable place, and that the lover would not love him were he in an unmentionable place, such as a mental hospital. With the previous line, it could also imply that women did not love soldiers who were dishonourably discharged – “wounded in a mentionable place” could in this case mean discharged whilst still in a respectable rank, not demoted.
Jonjo Stone

| Posted on 2011-11-12 | by a guest

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I believe that this poem presents the idea that the women, who sent the young men off to war, did not understand the horrors that they would face and therefore did not understand when they became damaged mentally. The women adore the soldiers when they come home on leave, they delight in hearing stories of the war, but they shun the men when they develop \'shell shock\' I have gained this opinion because of the various lines in the poem. For example, \'or wounded in a mentionable place.\' The phrase \'mentionable place\' refers to a hospital, the hospital is able to be mentioned in polite conversation. The opposite of course would be a \'unmentionable\' place e.g. a mental hospital.

| Posted on 2011-09-13 | by a guest

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Dear to whoever you are,
Me and Shelby love the poem Glory of Women by Siegfried because it really tells us about how important the women were back in the old times while all the men were serving their country on the battle feild. In this poem Glory Of Women, it points out how the women didn\'t appreciate their men when they came back from war because some of them weren\'t whole.

| Posted on 2011-05-29 | by a guest

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This poem is a meaningful written and makes me stop and think about what happened in war and how bad it was. He states that women only love men who are war heroes and faught in war. It says \'Youloves us when we\'re heroes\' I think hes saying that the women love them when there over at the war but will they love them when they come home injured and in wheelchairs?

| Posted on 2011-05-29 | by a guest

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the poem uses very effective words to make us understand how the men feel towards the women. he uses a range of techniques which helps us not only to think about it but to visualize it also. the poem uses great imagery we get a full picture in our minds which makes the poem stand out better. words that the poet uses expresses his feelings how he feels about the men and what they are going through.

| Posted on 2011-05-29 | by a guest

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this poem is very emotive,and really made me think about the war. it think it may be due to the refrence of the german mothers, who make us realise there are two sides to every war story and it was painful for all mothers, and family mmbers who had to watch and wait for their loved ones to come home, i also believe that there are many feelings the families of the soldiers who had come home after the war, all torn up. this poems specifically focuses on glorification that is placed upon soldiers by the woman.
\"you love us when we\'re heroes home on leave\"
this portrayal the men andcivillians, the only people who know the \'truth\' are the soldiers, noone wil ever know what every soldier experienced when they were away noone will ever relate completely to the emotions they had experienced. nothing will ever replace the loneliness, the heart break of loosing their close mates. it is still yet to be heard.

| Posted on 2011-05-29 | by a guest

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i think all the other analysis is very valid so thanks! but also we could draw more attention to the fact that sassoon\'s reference to the German soldier is an attempt to humanise what british society percieved as the \'enemy\'

| Posted on 2011-02-13 | by a guest

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i dont think the poet is angry or dissing women for what they were doing. the TONE of the poem seems to suggest that he is longing for them to see the reality and stop supporting the War; their support was only making things worse, "trodding his face deeper in the mud".
this poem generates human emotion to a level far greaters than most other WW1 poems. It is it's irony which creates this. There is irony all around the poem. initializing with the title, "Glory of Women". once the poem is read, it is understood that the wome's glory is fake, that they are honouring unmoral and devastating deeds. "mourn our LAURELLED memories when we are killed"
It is easy to find irony through out the poem. I think the poem suits the time period in which it was written perfectly. A time filled with irony. where death and murder is celebrated, where the generation which actualy desired War were too scared to take any action themselves. where people believed that by fighting peace would be reached. where brothers killed each other thinking they hated each other but then realizing they werent so different after all. that english were killing germans just beacuse a nobody called Gavrilo Princip killed the heir to the Austrian Hungarian empire...
I think that when looking to talk about any liteture work related to Wars, irony is always a good place to start..
i mainly stated ideas which i didn't bother to expand too much or properly back up with quotes as i feel the way ideas are expressed are more of a poersonal thing.
Hope its of some help -

| Posted on 2010-07-13 | by a guest

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This poem is an attack on women, its ironic title condradicts the poem completly! It is attack the suffrage movements in ww1, for example women gave men in everyday clothes during the war white feathers which was symbolic of cowardice. He clearly states that he thinks women only loved men who were war heroes.
Also a very interesting point is that when he was in Craiglockheart for opposing the war he was thought to have had mental problems and he refers to this in the poem;
You love us when we're heroes, home on leave,
Or wounded in a mentionable place
This refers to women not wanting men who were not honourably discharged from the army as they thought it would be seen as unpatriotic and a disgrace. I dont agreee with Sassoons views however because although some women did do this, hat about mothers whos sons left them, how does he think they felt? I think he lumps all women into one group and i think he felt emasculated by them as they got more independance in the 1900s. But maybe because they wore uniforms during ww2 as they joined the such new goverment groups as the womens air force and navy force, whereas they never really had to face machine gun with a bayonet and helmet.

| Posted on 2010-04-19 | by a guest

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thanx every one who put an analysis, it really helped me. i have to write an essay for tomorrow, and i didnt know how to do it but now i do. so thanx again.
no the peom doesnt have onomatopea. it has some allitaration and a whole load of metaphors!

| Posted on 2010-01-29 | by a guest

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Irony in “laurelled” (to honor with marks of distinction), assonance - “And mourn our laurelled memories when we’re killed” à Honour achievements, Connotations that the “pride” of the men makes their memories a valouring one even though they don’t deserve such positive praise for killing others. Hence the ‘irony’ à Highlights objectification of soldiers.

| Posted on 2009-08-06 | by a guest

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why is it that everyone is commenting on how 'his face is trodden deeper in the mud'? let us all take it metaphorically; probably it holds links toward humiliation in the dirt, how the men, as warriors, are left in the warfront being humiliated with loss, disease or injury. My above interpretation can be linked towards 'That chivalry redeems the war's disgrace'.
Personally, i feel that this poem does not provide room for deeper understanding. The poem does not seem as complex in terms of phrasing, word usage and such. Correct me if i'm wrong.
However, i realised that Siegfried Sassoon harbours a fascination towards alliteration various literary techniques. I urge the rest of you to read up his other poems to familiarize yourselves better with his style, hope to make more insightful interpretations and submit them.
I sincerely apologize if my comments seem in any way offensive.

| Posted on 2009-07-19 | by a guest

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I believe the quotation 'they love us when we're heroes' implies the fact that the women in the home front only love them when they were honorable heroes but would they love them when they come back home weak and in 'weelchairs'? Emphasising that the enemy is not the Germans as they are suffering the same way that they are, infact, the enemy is the women in the homefront as their love is only temporary and conditional.

| Posted on 2009-06-06 | by a guest

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I think this poem is about how now matter what happenes during war the women as if wifes and mothers will allows be there and to hear your crys and stories. But while there at home doing whatever they do there man is out there fighting. "with his face in the mud"

| Posted on 2009-06-03 | by a guest

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"O German mother...while you are knitting socks to send your son his face is trodden deeper in the mud". This particular quotation taken from the poem is in fact vastly ironic of maternal duty. These women of war, British and German, have been subdued to a propaganda evoked society whilst their beloved sons have been fighting on the frontline. Therefore these uninformed women are clueless to the realities of war bestowed upon their sons. In addition these identified British soldiers who have trodden on this man's face have in fact, probably trodden on his face with the socks there mothers have knitten for them! You can also link the poem 'Socks' written by Jessie Pope as it is certainly comparable to the particular issue, yet is obviously representative of a more-over womenly perspective of what war may be like, and what war is like for the women on the home front. Nevertheless, i have chosen to mention this poem in particular as it has a major relevance to the socks and mothering complex i have already portrayed. "Knitt 2, Catch 2, Knitt, Turn"
I have an exam 'AS' exam tommorrow more and simply chose to use this site for revision.
I hope that you can find this imformation useful.
Liam Cross

| Posted on 2009-05-19 | by a guest

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I have to find out when this poem was written and if it uses alliteration, onomatopoeia and metaphors. Can anyone tell me if any of these are used in this poem

| Posted on 2008-06-27 | by a guest

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this poem by sasoon is very emotive. infact its one of the only poems that have stopped me, and really made me think about the war. it think it may be due to the refrence of the german mother. there are two sides to every war and it was painful for all mothers. this poems specifically focuses on glorification that is placed upon soldiers by the woman.
"you love us when we're heroes home on leave"
this portrayal of gallant men is due to the propaganda force fed to the woman and civillians, the only people who know the 'truth' are the soldiers and if it were up to them the would not want this attention. yes, they were heroes but it wasn't as easy as the media made out, this is what sassoon is trying to emphasise, the horors of war were not publicised and they should have been. soldiers were left shell shocked with images of dying men in mud. this poem is about irony. the irony of a german mother knitting socks for her son when he is lying in mud being trodden on by other soldiers who were already wearing the socks that their mothers had sent them.
i have an exam on war poetry tomoro. this wasnt really written to help anyone but myself but if it did hope its ok. wish me luck.

| Posted on 2008-06-05 | by a guest

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