Episode 19: Queer Poetry in the Not-So-Great War: Siegfried Sassoon

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We’ve got a special episode for you this time, gayvenclaws! Gretchen is taking care of a family medical emergency, so join Leigh and special guest Hayden Smith as they discuss the famous WWI soldier Siegfried Sassoon. A writer, poet, and novelist known for his anti-jingoist, anti-war poetry, Sassoon was willing to showcase the horrors of the trenches for foot soldiers. It’s a tale of love, loss, grief, anger, and healing as we dig into this fascinating fellow and his prolific poetry!Outline

0:00 – Introduction4:43 – Main Topic: Anti-War Poet Siegfried Sassoon6:31 – Socio-Historical Context: the United Kingdom, 1900-193016:51 – Socio-Historical Context: WWI and Homosexuality20:17 – Socio-Historical Context: Changing Masculinity29:51 – Who were they? Bio Time. 46:46 – Why do we think they're gay?1:15:37 – Pop Culture Tie-In1:16:51 – How Gay were They?1:21:28 – Closing and Where to Find us Online

You can find guest host Hayden Smith’s work online on his blog, SealedInInk.com, or check him out on instagram at afterthewaves!

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