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Analyse the poem "Does it Matter?" by Siegfried Sassoon. Please include themes, symbols, style, and poetic technique (a biography not necessary unless it is relevant to the poem).

The tone, style, and literary devices of "Does it Matter?" by Siegfried Sassoon all reinforce the poem's theme that war is a tragedy that lingers long past the day the fighting stops. The poem conveys a tone of bitter irony using simple, straightforward language and a regular rhyme scheme. Literary devices include apostrophe, repetition, and imagery, all of which emphasize the difference between the magnitude of the soldiers' disabilities and the triviality of the civilian response.

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The theme of this bitter and ironic anti-war poem is that the suffering of disabled soldiers matters and lingers on well past the end of the fighting. The physical and mental maiming and lost life potential of these men should not simply be swept under the carpet with platitudes. Sassoon attacks the people who "don't worry" about this suffering: everything possible should be done, the poem implies, to assure that wars like World War I don't happen again.

The poem is written in three five-line stanzas in iambic tetrameter (the meter slowed down with an extra beat in some of the lines in the final stanza). The last words in the first and fifth lines in each stanza rhyme, as well as the final words in the second and third lines. The language is simple and straightforward, using words that are easy to understand.

Literary techniques Sassoon use include apostrophe and repetition, as well as imagery . In apostrophe, the poem's speaker addresses an absent person or inanimate object. In this case,...

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