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Hero - Poem by Siegfried Sassoon

'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the Mother said,
And folded up the letter that she'd read.
'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something broke
In the tired voice that quavered to a choke.
She half looked up. 'We mothers are so proud
Of our dead soldiers.' Then her face was bowed.

Quietly the Brother Officer went out.
He'd told the poor old dear some gallant lies
That she would nourish all her days, no doubt.
For while he coughed and mumbled, her weak eyes
Had shone with gentle triumph, brimmed with joy,
Because he'd been so brave, her glorious boy.

He thought how 'Jack', cold-footed, useless swine,
Had panicked down the trench that night the mine
Went up at Wicked Corner; how he'd tried
To get sent home, and how, at last, he died,
Blown to small bits. And no one seemed to care
Except that lonely woman with white hair.


Comments about Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

  • Rookie Neesha Morton (6/1/2008 8:04:00 AM)

    The regular, ordered structure of this poem with the complicated and emotional content reflects the public mood at the time towards the war. It was ostensibly calm, optimistic and controlled, but in the reality of the trenches it was chaotic, meek and there was much death.

    It is ironic also, that the death of Jack, 'blown into small bits' is not in the least bit 'glorious'. It shows the soldiers were fighting a war that reduced 'heroes' into panicking wrecks trying to get sent home.

    The 'woman with white hair' in this poem is a character that echoes the extremely british notion of maintaining a 'stiff upper lip' - '

    The false information given to the woman so that she can remember her son as a 'brave' and 'glorious boy' reflects to what extent the authorities covered up the truth about the war to maintain morale and optimism. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Hero

  1. 1. Hero , Siegfried Sassoon
  2. 2. A Hero , Robert William Service
  3. 3. He Is More Than A Hero , Sappho
  4. 4. The Hero , Rabindranath Tagore
  5. 5. Jackie Robinson…an American Hero , Stanley Cooper
  6. 6. Hero And Leander , Christopher Marlowe
  7. 7. My Hero Bares His Nerves , Dylan Thomas
  8. 8. The Hero , Siegfried Sassoon
  9. 9. Hero-Worship , Amy Lowell
  10. 10. The Last Hero , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  11. 11. Hero And Leander: The First Sestiad , Christopher Marlowe
  12. 12. Superman My Hero , Aldo Kraas
  13. 13. 05 - A Hero , nicola burkett
  14. 14. Hero And Leander , John Donne
  15. 15. I Am My Hero , Atef Ayadi
  16. 16. Hero And Leander: The Second Sestiad , Christopher Marlowe
  17. 17. The Poet As Hero , Siegfried Sassoon
  18. 18. Your Hero , Francis Duggan
  19. 19. Ned Kelly Was A Hero , Francis Duggan
  20. 20. When Ure Hero Falls , Tupac Shakur
  21. 21. The Hero To You Not A Hero To Me , Francis Duggan
  22. 22. The Unlikely Hero , Francis Duggan
  23. 23. Hero? , Mark R Slaughter
  24. 24. Hero And Leander , Friedrich Schiller
  25. 25. A Hero , Katharine Tynan
  26. 26. A Vietnam War Hero , Francis Duggan
  27. 27. Stages Of A Hero , Naveed Akram
  28. 28. The War Hero , Francis Duggan
  29. 29. An Unlikely Hero , Francis Duggan
  30. 30. Soldiers Who Wish To Be A Hero , Anonymous
  31. 31. My Hero , Tim Meister
  32. 32. Super Hero! , Sylvia Chidi
  33. 33. 'A Tragic Hero À La Shakespeare , Margaret Alice
  34. 34. My Hero , Michael P. Johnson
  35. 35. The Death Of A Hero , Francis Duggan
  36. 36. To Hermann Stoffkraft, Ph.D., The Hero O.. , James Clerk Maxwell
  37. 37. The Hero Of Rorke's Drift , William Topaz McGonagall
  38. 38. Our Hero , Robert William Service
  39. 39. My Hero , Robert William Service
  40. 40. A Boyhood Sporting Hero , Francis Duggan
  41. 41. Our Hero , Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
  42. 42. The Hero , John Greenleaf Whittier
  43. 43. Healfast, Healfast, Ye Hero Wounds , Louisa May Alcott
  44. 44. My Hero , Nathan Kraft
  45. 45. My Hero , salsabila alkhatiry
  46. 46. The Hero And The Villain , Noel Lopez
  47. 47. Yesteryear's Hero , Francis Duggan
  48. 48. The Hero Is Dead , Francis Duggan
  49. 49. He Was A Big Hero , Francis Duggan
  50. 50. A Hero, A Nationalist , Geraldine Fernandez
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