Attack Summary & Analysis by Siegfried Sassoon

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"Attack" is a poem by British poet and World War I soldier Siegfried Sassoon, first published in his 1918 collection Counter-Attack and Other Poems. The poem offers a bleak and unflinching look at the horrors of combat, making no attempt to mythologize its subject or create a sense of heroism. It describes the moment when soldiers, following the order to "attack," go over the trenches and into the line of enemy fire. This often resulted in a catastrophic loss of life with marginal gains in territory. In its final words, the poem makes a plea to "Jesus" to "make it stop!"

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