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Summary: It's an ordinary morning at nine-year-old Rafiq's school in rural Kashmir when the silence of dawn prayers is ripped apart by gunfire. Soldiers of the Kashmir Freedom Fighters have raided the village in search of new recruits - they scrawl a line in chalk across the schoolroom wall, and any boy whose height reaches the line will be taken to fight. Rafiq is tall for his age - the first boy to cross the chalkline into a life of brutality and terrorism. This is the story of Rafiq's transformation from child to boy soldier, as he is indoctrinated into the cause of fanatical belief.

But his family have not forgotten him; when he can no longer recognize himself, they remember the boy he was, and reach out a hand of redemption as he spirals towards a final act of atrocity. Table of contents includes: . Glendowie College Library catalog › Details for: Chalkline / Earth dragon, fire hare / NZ Level 1. Siegfried Sassoon (1886 – 1967) Siegfried Sassoon was the product of two very different cultures, his Jewish father’s family of merchant princes from Baghdad and his English mother’s Thornycroft farming ancestors, turned sculptors, painters and engineers.

Siegfried Sassoon (1886 – 1967)

The second of three sons, he grew up in rural Kent, where his father abandoned the family before Siegfried was five, dying four years later. After a late entry into the school system Siegfried failed to complete his formal education at Cambridge, devoting himself instead over the next seven years to poetry, horses, cricket and golf. He was also coming to terms with his homosexuality, in an age which criminalized it. When War was declared on 4 August 1914 Sassoon had already enlisted enthusiastically, first as a trooper in the Sussex Yeomanry, later transferring to the Royal Welch Fusiliers in May 1915. ‘Good-morning; good-morning!’ In this poem the anger is focused on those most directly responsible for the soldiers’ fate.

Jean Moorcroft Wilson Secondary Sources: The Best War Poems Everyone Should Read. 10 classic war poems from Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and others There are many great war poems out there and there have been a great number of popular war poets.

The Best War Poems Everyone Should Read

Putting together a universal list of the best war poems raises all sorts of questions, but since such a list will always be a matter of personal taste balanced with more objective matters such as ‘influence’ and ‘popularity with anthologists’, we hope you’ll forgive the presumptuous title ‘best war poems’. In the list that follows, we’ve endeavoured to offer a mix of the canonical and the under-appreciated (‘Dreamers’ is not as famous in Sassoon’s oeuvre as ‘Everyone Sang’, but we think it’s a fine poem that deserves to be read by more people). We’ve also tried to include poems which we’ve found particularly interesting. Jeremy Paxman: Why Wilfred Owen was the greatest war poet. The Wilfred Owen Association. Wilfred Owen would not have written the war poems for which he is now famous if he had not met Siegfried Sassoon in August 1917.

The Wilfred Owen Association

Until then, like the vast majority of British people, Owen believed the war was being fought for a just cause. Sassoon – who had talked to pacifists, Bertrand Russell among them – saw things differently: he thought politicians had secretly changed their aims and were now more interested in grabbing colonies and trade than in the original, honourable struggle to liberate Belgium. The War Poet Association. Wilfred Edward Salter Owen, the eldest of four children, was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, where his father was working as a railway clerk.

The War Poet Association

The family soon had to move to Birkenhead, and Wilfred was educated at the independent Birkenhead Institute until 1907, when his father was appointed to a senior post in Shrewsbury. Wilfred took a four-year, free course as a pupil-teacher at the Shrewsbury Technical School, gaining not only a good grounding in French, English literature, the earth sciences and other subjects but also experience of teaching children from very poor homes. Studying Wordsworth and Keats made him long to be a poet, and he started writing verse.

Wilfred Owen War Poems. Wilfred Owen is known by many as the leading poet of the First World War.

Wilfred Owen War Poems

WILFRED OWEN - DULCE ET DECORUM EST, Text of poem and notes. WILFRED OWEN Dulce et Decorum Est Best known poem of the First World War (with notes) Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge, Till on the haunting flares(2) we turned our backs And towards our distant rest(3) began to trudge.

WILFRED OWEN - DULCE ET DECORUM EST, Text of poem and notes

Men marched asleep. List of the Best Cold War Novels. Remembrance / level 1 & 2. Follow me home / Level 1 & 2. Dreamboat Dad / Level 2 & 3. To brave the seas : a boy at war / Level 1. Generals die in bed / Levels 1-3.