Textual Explication of “Glory of Women” by Siegfried Sasson

Textual Explication of “Glory of Women” by Siegfried Sasson

                                                               You love us when we’re heroes, home on leave,

 Or Wounded in a mentionable place.”

  “You worship decorations; you believe   

     That Chivalry redeems the war’s disgrace. 


Textual Explication of Glory of Women

This literary article makes an analysis of a textual explication of Siegfried Sasson’s poem: Glory of Women. The above stanza is a perfect example to make criticism of the women perspective towards the war phenomena. The poet has used the rhythmic language in simple form. In the above line, soldiers are reflecting their agony towards British women. The speaker seems to be criticizing those women who only look for fame and glory of fighting in a war at the cost of its horrible consequences.                                                                                                           

Textual Explication of Glory of Women at first analyses very first line of the poem; “You love us when we’re heroes, home on leave”. The line aims to suggest that the women show respect to the soldier for their herolike bravery when they come home on leave. And they praise them if they are “wounded in a mentionable place.” Similarly, they “worship decorations” that the soldiers earn by killing their enemies during the wartime. They believe that “chivalry redeems the war’s disgrace.” Means the loyalty and status of the soldier liberate the war disgrace. It also shows the women encouragement to the soldier who takes part in the war. The word like decorations, chivalry are used to glorify their heroic deeds of the soldier in these lines.     

Textual Explication of Glory of Women                                                                                    



Through the textual Explication of Glory of Women, what we come to know is that the poet invariably tries to depict a difference between appearance and reality of being a soldier. The poet is critical of the women attitudes to soldiers. The war is not a matter of honor as the women who have romanticized it simply staying at home. The reality of soldier s’ life can only be understood by the soldiers themselves. The events and scene of soldiers escaping has to be described by the speaker of the poem. He, as a soldier reveals an unbillable fact that they are so coward indeed and pray God for lives. Additionally, they struggle hard and through risking lives they earn those decorations. But it seems that women take them as easily earned kinds of stuff. The women sound reluctant to such miserable situation soldiers has to go through. In this sense, we find a great difference between appearance versus the reality of soldier lives. The women glorify the soldiers and the war. They treat the war as the matter of pride and prestige. It is highly imaginary that they think about the war. They lack direct involvement in the battle and thus they do not recognize how horrendous the war is. Speaker implies to argue that these women never experienced war as much as men did. So, they blindly praise the bravery and heroism of soldier. 

Recapitulation of Textual Explication of “Glory of Women” by Siegfried Sasson

Textual Explication of Glory of Women




The textual Explication of Glory of Women comes to conclude that the attitude and the perspective women make regarding the war and lives of the soldiers are highly imaginative and constructive at its core. There is a huge difference between the war women talk about staying at home and the war soldiers indulge into. The women seem to ignorantly glorify the soldiers’ deeds and decorations. They become the center subject matter for their gossip. They seldom talk about difficulty, hardship, and pain that their soldiers have to undergo all the war. Their perception of war and soldiers flows on the surface of a river. They fail to realize how huge rock has dipped into it to resist it from flowing. They just celebrate the outer of happiness at cost of the inner suffering. Through the poem, Sasson tries to draw a clear and real picture of the soldier’s lives. She highly succeeds to make aware of exaggerated lives of the soldiers.


Sujana Chhetri


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