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Form and uses of language
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1 Siegfried Sassoon: a case study

1.1 Introduction

Apart from writing poetry, Sassoon kept a diary during his war years, and after the war he wrote a semi-autobiographical novel. These writings are an example of how a writer can use language for different purposes and different audiences, while expressing the same theme – in this case, opposition to war. Before we look more closely at Sassoon's work, we need a few more details about his life.