Friday, March 10, 2006

Poet Siegfried Sassoon in Ireland: A Calm Before the Gathering Storm

Outspoken antiwar poet and undoubted British army war hero Siegried Sassoon sailed the Irish Sea to Dublin and arrived in Limerick on Jan. 7, 1918, to join a regiment heading back the Western Front. Almost immediately, Sassoon began to fall under the hypnotic spell of the Irish countryside and forget the horrors he had witnessed in France. Yet despite the apparent tranquility, the dark cloud of another approaching war cast its shadow over rural Ireland and threatened to wake Sassoon from his reverie. WGT's Kieron C. Punch relates the seldom-told story.

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