Speaker The narrator is speaking in first person. He is a knight in England during King Arthur’s rein. (Lines 5&9) The narrator once participated in war and was a very admired knight. (Line 8) He now scorns and resents war. (Line 1-2&4) Has lost many friends in the war (Line 12)
Tone The narrators tone is angry,regretful, and remorseful. We believe that he is angry for believing in a fantasy that wasn’t true, but realized that it was just a show. (Lines 5-8) He is regretful in the fact that he participated in war and the things that have happened as results of it. (Line 4) He is remorseful towards the friends that he has lost in battle. (Line 12-14)
Diction The narrators vocabulary is more a present day style. He uses basic terms in order to be able to tell his story to common people. The poem is taking place during King Arthur’s rein, but doesn’t have the vocabulary and the properness of that society. The narrator is portraying the poem as a casual story like manner.
Syntax The author uses syntax to express the harshness in the first stanza. By using words like scornful, harsh, loathing, and discontented. In the second stanza Sassoon uses words like bright, serene, and strong to emphasis the things people look for in a leader. Sassoon then uses words like lust, senseless, and hatred to illustrate the angry and resentment he has for joining and being part of war.
Movement The movement of the poem is in a story format. The narrator first starts off in talking about how he now feels about war. (1st stanza) The second stanza the author talks about how he used to feel about war and how he used to think it was glorious. In his third stanza he refers to the reason why he has his current opinion on war.
Author Facts Siegfried Loraine Sassoon was an English poet and author. He was born September 8, 1886. He died September 1, 1967. Sassoon was born in Matfield, Kent. This was the largest village in England which was more in the country side of England.
Other Facts He went to Marlborough College in Wiltshire and Clare College, Cambridge and studied law and history. This was from 1905-1907. He dropped out of college and spent a couple years doing what he pleased. Ex: Hunting, playing traditional games such as cricket and at this time he published a few volumes of poems. Siegfried Sassoon joined the military when the threat of World War I was realized.
Reasoning behind the title The significance of the poem is that the author is not only writing about a past event but of an event that he once participated in which is war. The author, Siegfried Sassoon, participated in war during the World War I era. He physically and emotionally went through the trials, tribulations, and can personally recall the fantasy of war he experienced and was shown through the narrator in the poem.
Dominate themes The dominate theme in “The Poet as Hero” is regret and anger over an illusion. The narrator has build up an illusion with knighthood, but now that he is there he realizes it is not as glorious as he thought. In line 10 is specially say that “and am no more the knight of dreams and show.” He then goes on to say later that “absolution is my song.” This symbolizes the regret.
Potential A.P. PromptAfter reading the poem carefully, describe what can we learn from Siegfried Sassoon poem, “The Poet as Hero” about how our opinion of things can change over time.