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WW1: Siegfried Sassoon's poem How to Die in animation

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, actor David Harewood narrates an animated interpretation of the poem How To Die, by Siegfried Sassoon.

In the work Sassoon, who gained recognition by writing about his own experience as a soldier and who became known as one of the leading poets of the Great War, describes the horrors of the trenches and battlefields in realistic detail, and rails against the idea of combat being a noble undertaking.

Animated for BBC Newsnight by Aslan Livingstone-Ra. Soldier played by James Fletcher. Poem courtesy of the Sassoon Estate.

  • 29 Jul 2014
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