This study guide will help you analyse the poem “Does It Matter?” by Siegfried Sassoon. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on the summary, composition, characters and speaker, language and style, imagery and metaphors, themes and message.
Presentation of the poem
Title: “Does It Matter?”
Author: Siegfried Sassoon
Published in: Counter-Attack and Other Poems”
Date of Publication: 1918
Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967) was an English poet, but also a soldier who fought in World War I. Most of his poems depict the tragedies and horrors of war and the trenches, but also criticise fake patriots or those who refuse to understand what war is really like.
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