Does it Matter?
by Siegfried Sassoon
Does it Matter? Resources
World War I is known for its poetry, and this site's your one-stop shop for the works of Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, and ol' Siegfried, of course.
Take the shortcut to Sassoonville.
It's not much, but this brief bio should give you a good idea of what kind of man Siegfried was.
For a more in-depth, academic spin on things, check out what the Poetry Foundation has to say on our guy.
If you're in the mood for Sassooning, Bartleby.com has the goods to keep you going.
Here's a short clip from the film Voices in Wartime that talks about Sassoon and other war poets. Plus, around the 2:08 mark, there's an abridged version of "Does it Matter?".
Pull down the shutters and fire up the projector for this slideshow all about Siegfried.
It's a bit eerie hearing a kiddo reciting the lines. But maybe that's the point.
Actor Malachy McCourt reads the poem in his awesome Irish brogue.
Check out that dapper three-piece suit.
For the full effect, of course.
Sassoon, much later in life. He was one of the lucky poets who managed to survive the war.
Here's a shot of the (creepy) hospital where Sassoon wrote a lot of his poetry and where he met Wilfred Owen.
What, no epitaph?
Sassoon gets a shout-out in Westminster Abbey, along with other World War I poets.
Here's letter Sassoon wrote protesting the war that almost got him in serious trouble.
Awesome handwriting, no? We wish our cursive were that neat.
Check out this important, moving, and popular book that explores World War I from the perspective of a number of famous writers who lived through it (including Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Isaac Rosenberg).
This novel's about a soldier during World War I, and it's loosely based on Sassoon's protest letter and hospital stay.