How Does Seigfried Sassoon Create the Theme of Conflict in the Hero

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How does Siegfried Sassoon create the theme of conflict in his poem The Hero? Siegfried Sassoon was an English poet, writer and soldier he was born on the 8th September 1886 and joined the British Army just as the threat of WWI was realised. He was promoted to a Lieutenant and then a Captain during his service in the war and was awarded the military cross for his courage. He was a brave solider and was nick named “mad jack” by officers he fought alongside for his near-suicidal exploits. He hated the conflict which he witnessed and started a protest which he went about through poetry. The structure of The Hero is written in three stanzas of six lines length, largely made up of rhyming couplets (except for the first four lines of the second stanza which have an alternating rhyme scheme). The rhyming couplets are a simple but powerful way of conveying a moral statement of war being brutal and inhumane, they create a regular iambic rhythm, a flow throughout the poem, possibly to suggest that war is a part of everyday life and life must go on even after the death of many people. The simplicity of the structure and the rhyme scheme perhaps parodies the recruiting poetry of the time, which celebrated war, heroism and sacrifice. The poem has a slow pace created by the caesura within the sentences; Sassoon has done this to make the poem reflective. The first stanza consists of a mother being told her son has died during his service in the war. The use of the name “Jack”, a very common name, the poet has used this man/boy who has died to imply that it could have been anyone of the soldiers in the war. He uses the collective pronoun “we”, in “we mothers are so proud,” to show that the mother represents all mothers receiving the news that their son has died. Sassoon is trying to encourage the readers to notice the extent of the risks and dangers which come with war. We
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