Siegfried

Siegfried

[sig-freed, seeg-; Ger. zeek-freet]
Sassoon, Siegfried, 1886-1967, English poet and novelist. A heroic and decorated officer in World War I, he nonetheless expressed his conviction of the brutality and waste of war in grim, forceful, realistic verse—The Old Huntsman (1917), Counter-Attack (1918), Satirical Poems (1926), Vigils (1935), Sequences (1957), and others. His fictional, semiautobiographical trilogy—Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man (1928), Memoirs of an Infantry Officer (1930), Sherston's Progress (1936)—was collected as The Memoirs of George Sherston (1937). Sassoon also wrote several autobiographical works—The Old Century and Seven More Years (1938), The Weald of Youth (1942), and Siegfried's Journey (1945)—and a biography of George Meredith (1948).

See his Collected Poems, 1908-1956 (1961); biographies by J. M. Wilson (2 vol., 1998-2003), J. S. Roberts (1999), and M. Egremont (2005).

Siegfried or Sigurd, great folk hero of early and medieval Germanic mythology. His legend, important in several Germanic epics, recounts his killing of the dragon Fafnir, his marriage to Gudrun (or Kriemhild), his love and betrayal of Brunhild, and his tragic death. See Niebelungenlied under Nibelungen.
Siegfried is a German language male given name, meaning "victory peace".

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