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1 Objective: To analyse the impact of Sassoons poem, Base Details

2 Look at the annotations in your anthology. Have you paid close attention to the language and techniques? My example is below: Youd see me with my puffy petulant face / Guzzling and gulping at the best hotel… / And when the war is done and youth stone dead, /Id toddle safely home and die – in bed. The alliteration and choice of words emphasise haste, carelessness and greed. youth – contrasts with image of the Major. Imagery suggests an unhealthy, irritable appearance toodle is to walk with short feeble steps, as a child does (Chambers dict.)

3 Question- How does Sassoon express his protest against the war through his poetry? P- Answer the question –pick a key adjective or verb then find a technique or explore word choice. E- Your quotation A- Explore word choice, techniques.

4 To achieve your best you need to push yourself. I = Interpretation; C= Context; E= Evaluation I- Can it be read or said in any other way to change its meaning? C- What do you know of Sassoons motivations and experiences –did these affect why he wrote this way? E- What is the effect on the reader- what were Sassoons intentions?

5 Sassoon portrays the subject of Base Details, an old Major, as a privileged individual who is removed and protected from the horrors of war: Youd see me with my puffy petulant face Guzzling and gulping at the best hotel… And when the war is done and youth stone dead, Id toddle safely home and die – in bed. Sassoon creates a very tightly structured poem, in which he concentrates many pointed adjectives that create an unflattering image of the Major. He uses alliterative phrases, such as puffy petulant: this emphasises the unhealthy and irritable appearance of the Major, which can be closely related to his greed through the use of guzzling and gulping. The phrase best hotel pointedly indicates that the Major is enjoying not only the luxury of good food and drink, but also comfortable accommodation. The final two lines of the poem are strongly emphasised by the use of a rhyming couplet and Sassoons bitter use of contrast, between youth stone dead and the Major safely dying in bed. The word toddle appears to ridicule the Major as being no more than a child, which links to the word safely, reinforcing the fact he is protected from the war. However Sassoon might not simply be portraying one particular Major but creating a satirical image of many of the senior officers from the time of the First World War. Sassoon saw it as vital to alert readers during the time of the First World War to what he saw as a War being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it (excerpt from his protest statement of 1917). The Major in Base Details certainly is a figure associated with power, as much as privilege. Sassoon writes in a strongly satirical manner to draw the publics attention to the inequalities of war. I believe that the poems sharply focused word choice, use of alliteration and tightly structured rhyme scheme creates a powerful argument.


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