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					                  Survivors
                    by Siegfried Sassoon

No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
                               The opening line -
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' gives the
                                   reader a sense of
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted misleading hope.cowed
                                    nights; their
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                   Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
      One of to symptoms of of friends who died,-
Subjection the the ghostsshell-
    shock is a stammer, and a failure
                  that drip with
Their dreamssentences together murder; and they'll be proud
       to string
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
                 coherently.
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                      Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
                                              died,-
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who(sarcastic) remark,
                                 The flippant
                             murder; and soldiers were willing
Their dreams that drip withsuggesting that allthey'll be proud
                             to return to pride...
Of glorious war that shatter'd all theirthe front, is typical of the
                            attitude and glad;
Men who went out to battle, grim Sassoon perceived in the non-
                                        broken at home.
Children, with eyes that hate you,combatantsand mad.
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
              Yet, although these men are made
               the ghosts time, they are also
Subjection toold before their of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
             reduced to infants having to re-learn
            such that processes all their pride...
Of glorious war basic shatter'das how to walk.
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                    Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
                                      who died,-
Subjection to the ghosts of friendsSassoon contrasts the
                                    youth and innocence proud
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be of
                                      the pride...
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their soldiers with the
                                     ageing process
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad; of the
                                             war.
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                   Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad; troubled by
                               Sassoon was
                               visions and and mad.
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken nightmares in
                                 which he saw corpses
                                    littering the streets
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
                           Again, Sassoon presents us
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
                              with a sense of hope,
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' - by a
                            immediately reversed
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
                             harsh reminder of brutal
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
                                      reality.
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                    Survivors
                                              and strain
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock in an accusatory
                     Sassoon ends the poem
                     manner at people who can so talk.
Have caused their stammering, disconnectedeasily push
                  'longing to to out again,' -
Of course they're soldiers backgothe front without ever knowing
                           the faces, learning to walk.
These boys with old, scaredhorrors of trench warfare.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.
                  Survivors
No doubt they'll soon get well; the shock and strain
Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk.
Of course they're 'longing to go out again,' -
These boys with old, scared faces, learning to walk.
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed
Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud
Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad.

				
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