The Death Bed BY SIEGFRIED SASSOON
Watch a short film that depicts the poem
Read the poem and find the following words/phrases from the poem, and identify which technique has been used.
a) “…silence heaped/Round him…”
b) “Aqueous like floating rays of amber light”
c) “Silence and safety…”
d) “Night…was in the ward…”
e) “…drowning eyes.”
f) “…the pain/Leapt like a prowling beast…”
g) “…gripped and tore/…with grinding claws and fangs.”
h) “And death…paused and stared.”
i) “he hated War”
j) “…the thudding of the guns.”
There are some dominant images in the poem. These are images that are used on more than one occasion, usually because the writer thinks they are important and add more to the MOOD (atmosphere) of the poem.
Having read the whole poem, what would you identify as TWO of the dominant images that Sassoon has used?
( Look for things that happen more than once and in different parts of the poem)
Sassoon’s “The Death Bed,” like many of his poems written during his service in World War Two, is an account of an unnamed young soldier who has been mortally wounded. Comment closely on the techniques used by the author to convey his message.