Siegfried Sassoon

Popular Poems

On looking through my collection of anthologies and other books that were published during Siegfried Sassoon’s lifetime (all featured on this web site) and which contain examples of his poems, I have managed to create the following table below.

The table shows which poems were published and how many times during the period approximately 1917 to 1966. A total of 60 books were examined (including about half a dozen magazines). I know that there are bound to be many other books as yet unseen that also include poems which could help us to discover which of Sassoon’s poems were the most popular, and this list will be updated as other titles are discovered.

I have not included any books published by Sassoon himself, in order to avoid any favouritism on the part of the author! Any poems with four or more appearances are highlighted in Green, the top slot (a poem which should surprise no one) is highlighted in pink.

Incidentally, my favourite, ‘The Death-Bed,’  has a score of seven, where is yours?

Poem

Times Published

A Child’s Prayer

1

A Concert Party

1

A Flower has Opened in my Heart

2

A Last Judgment

1

A Letter Home

1

A Local Train of Thought

1

A Midnight Interior

1

A Mystic As Soldier

1

A Post-Elizabethan Tragedy

1

A Working Party

2

Absolution

3

Aftermath

3

All Souls Day

1

Alone

1

An Old World Effect

1

An Unveiling

1

At Max Gate

1

At the Cenotaph

2

At the Grave of Henry Vaughan

7

Attack

3

Babylon

1

Banishment

1

Base Details

8

Blighters

6

Breach of Decorum

1

Brevities

1

Cleaning the Candelabrum

2

Concert-Interpretation

4

Concert Party

2

Conclusion

1

Counter-Attack

4

Daybreak in a Garden

1

December Stillness

1

Devotion to Duty

1

Died of Wounds

2

Does it Matter

1

Dreamers

5

Early Chronology

3

Eulogy of My House

1

Everyman

1

Everyone Sang

14

Ex-Service

1

Falling Asleep

3

Fantasia on a Wittelsbach Atmosphere

2

France

1

Gloria Mundi

1

Grandeur of Ghosts

5

Haunted

1

How to Die

1

I Listen for Him

1

I Stood With the Dead

1

In me Past, Present, Future Meet

3

In the Pink

2

It was the Love of Life

1

Lametations

1

Memorial Tablet

4

Morning Express

4

My Past has Gone to Bed

1

Neighbours

1

News From the War After Next

1

Night on the Convoy

1

On Passing the New Menin Gate

5

On Reading the War Diary of a Defunct Ambassador

3

On Scratchbury Camp

1

One Who Watches

1

Poetry

1

Picture Show

1

Prelude: The Troops

7

Presences Perfected

1

Reconciliation

1

Remorse

1

Repression of War Experience

2

Salutation to an Old Friend

1

Sick Leave

2

Silent Service

1

Silly Sooth

1

Since Thought is Life

1

Sing Bravely in my Heart

2

Solar Eclipse

2

Songbooks of the War

1

South Wind

1

Sporting Acquaintances

1

Storm on Fifth Avenue

2

Suicide in the Trenches

3

The Blues at Lords

1

The Case for the Miners

2

The Child at the Window

1

The Death-Bed

7

The Deceiver

1

The Dragon and the Undying

1

The Dug-Out

6

The General

3

The Glory of Women

5

The Hawthorn Tree

1

The Heart’s Journey

2

The Kiss

3

The Merciful Knight

1

The One Legged Man

2

The Portrait

1

The Power and the Glory

3

The Rear Guard

3

The Redeemer

1

The Ultimate Atrocity

2

The Writing on the Wall

1

Their Frailty

1

They

3

They Were Not True

1

Thrushes

1

To an Old Lady Dead

1

To Any Dead Officer

3

To Leonide Massine

1

To One in Prison

1

To One Who was with me in the War

4

To Victory

1

Together

1

Trench Duty

5

Twelve Months After

1

Two Old Ladies

1

Vigils

1

Villa d’Este Gardens

1

What the Captain Said

1

What is Stonehenge, is it the Roofless Past

1

When I’m Alone

4

Wirers

1

Wisdom

1

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