“Before the Battle” by Siegfried Sassoon

In honour of Remembrance Day and of the hundredth anniversary of the end of WWI, an adaptation of a poem by my favourite war poet, Siegfried Sassoon. Sassoon (1886-1967) wrote this poem only a few days before the Battle of the Somme, in which the poet participated. The first day of the Somme, on July 1st, 1916, still holds the record as the bloodiest single day in British military history, with 19,240 fatalities.

The fact that, on top of the many natural and inevitable miseries that the world already provides us with, humankind should repeatedly choose to add the ultimate horror of war must surely always stand as the greatest failing of our species.

This comic was commissioned by and originally appeared in the American magazine Plough Quarterly: http://www.plough.com/en


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8 Responses to “Before the Battle” by Siegfried Sassoon

  1. Tom Daley says:

    I wrote this on your friend Max Heinegg’s posting of the link to this: “Max Heinegg–thanks so much for the introduction to Julian Peters comics. My goodness, what a talent he has. And what an imagination. I was very struck by the way he caught the savage irony of the Sassoon poem, but did not violate its lyrical sincerity. Such skillful use of caricature and artful representation. The title panel is particularly skillful sketching/painting–and showing the burnt out forest which would have been the aftermath of that battle, or an earlier one–what an imaginative prefiguring. I will go back and study more of his work.”

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and moving. The illustrations complement the poem so well.

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  3. ayana says:

    I love your illustrations to bits, my favourites the above poem, Prufrock and The World is Too Much ❤ I have even used your Prufrock illustration as my e-text for my undergrad module on T.S. Eliot.

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  4. Jeff says:

    A wonderful rendition of a classic poem – great stuff!

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