Suicide in the Trenches - Sassoon

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    • "I knew a simple soldier boy"
      • Personal pronoun
      • Past tense - the boy is dead
      • "simple" suggests innocence rather than naivety - did not understand the concept of war
    • "Cowed and glum"
      • Depression of the soldier further emphasised by "cowed"
      • "glum" depressed, gloomy, tired, upset
      • In contrast to
        • "Whistled with the early lark"
          • Enthusiastic image of a young man
          • "lark" - spring bird represents youthfulness
    • "Who grinned at life in empty joy"
      • Carefree young man
      • Perhaps a slightly immature young boy
        • The war changed him
      • Generally happy person
    • "Whistled with the early lark"
      • Enthusiastic image of a young man
      • "lark" - spring bird represents youthfulness
    • "Lice and lack of rum"
      • "lack of rum"
        • Alcohol was a coping mechanism for many
        • Meagre supplies soldiers had
      • Dirty, grotty surroundings
        • Diseases being spread??

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