The General

Original Text: 
The War Poems of Siegfried Sassoon (London: William Heinemann, 1919): 50.
1"Good-morning; good-morning!" the General said
3Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of 'em dead,
4And we're cursing his staff for incompetent swine.
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7But he did for them both by his plan of attack.

Notes

2] Line: front line. Back to Line
5] card: character, eccentric fellow. Back to Line
6] Arras: city in northern France, the site of continuous battles in World War I. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1918
Publication Notes: 
Counter-attack
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2011
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Special Copyright: 

Out of copyright in the United States only.