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The Byronic Hero John Wilson wrote It is in the contrast between his august conceptions of man and his contemptuous opinions of men that much of the almost incomprehensible charm and power and enchantment of his poetry consists The abstruse he that Wilson refers to is Lord Byron This famed poet developed an unmistakable style that both praises and admonishes man Byron was not a misanthrope but he never forgot mans faults Through his poetry Byron developed his views and expanded them In fact Byron developed a hero a hero that would not back down to a challenge rather a hero that would stand up courageously and fight for what was good and true In The Destruction of Sennacherib Byron represents a hero who faces defeat This poem serves as an example of Byrons unique style philosophy and ideals The title of the poem The Destruction of Sennacherib serves as a synopsis for the subject the poem entails the death of Sennacherib The first stanza describes the entrance of Sennacherib onto a battle scene It is clear that he is a cunning military strategist as Byron describes him as a wolf on the fold Sennacherib and his cohorts are regal in purple and gold They seem to be a well-organized army with weapons and courage to spare In the second stanza there is a foreshadowing of the end of Sennacherib with the reference to leaves being green in summer but blown away in the autumn Quickly much like death in real life the Angel of Death appears and breathes in the face of Sennacherib and his men Their lifeless bodies appear waxen in their cold state as their hearts for ever grew still As the poem continues Byron points out that Sennacheribs pride is lost in death The image of Sennacheribs last breath overlaps with one of waves crashing against a shore in lines seventeen and eighteen The fifth stanza ends great Sennacheribs life In
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