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1 This project and its actions were made possible due to co-financing by the European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals Base Details Poem analysis Subject:English Age groups:12–14, 15–16 Topic:World War I: Poetry EAL Nexus resource Licence information | This resource is free to use for educational purposes. © British Council 2015 Source | This resource was originally developed by Nerissa Lea and has been adapted by EAL Nexus.

2 Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath, I’d live with scarlet majors at the Base. And speed glum heroes up the line to death. You’d see me with my puffy petulant face, Guzzling and gulping in the best hotel. Reading the Roll of Honour. ‘Poor young chap,’ I’d say – ‘I used to know his father well; Yes we’ve lost heavily in this last scrap’ And when the war is done and youth stone dead; I’d toddle safely home and die - in bed.

3 If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath, The poet is a soldier and thinks the majors are unfit. The poet is one of the soldiers and describes the majors as unfit due to their lifestyle.

4 The majors do not live with the soldiers on the front line. I’d live with scarlet majors at the Base. The majors live in better conditions and do not fight alongside their men.

5 The heroes go to the frontline, knowing that they are likely to die there. And speed glum heroes up the line to death. When soldiers die, others are sent to replace them.

6 The majors are angry because they are losing. You’d see me with my puffy petulant face, The majors are unfit. When they are angry, their fat faces puff like spoilt children.

7 The majors eat and drink like animals, at the nice places where they live. Guzzling and gulping in the best hotel. The living conditions of soldiers and the majors are very different.

8 The majors have nothing to say about the men who have lost their lives. Reading the Roll of Honour. ‘Poor young chap,’ I’d say- ’I used to know his father well; Yes we’ve lost heavily in this last scrap’ The majors show no genuine concerns. They only think about sending more soldiers to replace the lost ones.

9 The soldiers died young in the war, but the majors will grow old and die at home in comfort. And when the war is done and youth stone dead; Sassoon shows his anger in this poem, about how lives can be so different for men serving the same country. I’d toddle safely home and die - in bed.


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