Sassoon's Use of Irony in "Glory of Women"

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Sassoon was an English poet, writer and soldier. He became one of the Great War poets of World War 1 and became famous through his poetry, "Glory of Women" in which he expresses the role of women during the Great War.

In "Glory of Women", Siegfried Sassoon uses satirical, plentiful structure in order to give a description of his view of the function of British women, who were working in a factory, serving as nurses to look after soldiers during the Great War.

Although it has not been divided into any stanzas, in terms of its structure, the poem reflects characteristics of a sonnet. The rhyme scheme can be identified as abab cdcd efggfe.

The setting of the poem is a place which is full of the wounded, British and German soldiers who are striving against each other during this period. This is why; Sassoon emphasizes within the lines 4, 9 and 12 of his poetry that there is a war between Britain and Germany.

While men fight against their enemies, women support them with their prayers and provide them with necessary equipments such as shells for the battle. Both lines "O German mother dreaming by the fire" and "While you are knitting socks to send your son" demonstrate the fact that at this time women in the these two fighting countries help men or soldiers by either working in a factory or knitting socks to send them. In addition to this, in the line 9 saying that "You can't believe that British troops 'retire'" the poet underlines that British troops do not retire.

Within the last three lines, the poet makes the reader consider deeply about the final visualization of German mother who are knitting socks. This visualization is a stark juxtaposition from the visualization...