War photography

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  • War photographer
    • Carol Ann Duffy
      • Scottish poet
      • in 2oo9 became the first woman to hold the post of poet Laurette
      • poem published in 1985
        • part of her collection... "Standing Female Nude"
      • Friends with Don McCullin
        • a famous  photographer known for his war photography
    • The impossibility of presenting the true horrors of war
    • Structure & Form
      • 4 stanzas all with 6 lines and a regular rhyme scheme
        • tight control
          • like his spools, it is "set out in ordered rows"
            • shows the photographer cares about his work
            • like war graves
              • everything organised unlike real war and conflict
      • enjambment
        • reflects the gradual revealing of the photograph
      • Volta at start of stanza 3
        • he remembers a specific death
          • focus switches to the personal cost of war
      • final stanza
        • focuse switches to how his work is received
      • cyclical structure
        • it begins with him coming back from a trip and ends with him going back on another trip "from the aeroplane"
        • fate
          • everything is predetermined and set
    • Detachment
      • Caesura
        • "Rural England."
          • the full stops separate it from the description of the war zones
            • people are able to separate what they see in photographs from the reality of the situation
              • people look at the images of war and be temporarily moved but fail to grasp the true horrors of war
      • internal rhyme
        • "tears" and "beers"
          • quickens the pace
            • represents the speed people forget
              • teers quickly replaced by beers
              • people look at the images of war and be temporarily moved but fail to grasp the true horrors of war
    • Reality of War
      • metaphor
        • "half formed ghost"
          • literally the photo is developing
          • metaphorically it suggest the body has been mutilated
        • "blood stained into foreign dust"
          • "foreign" is a reminder that this is happening somewhere else
          • "stained" shows the lasting impact of war
    • Ending
      • "they do not care"
        • ambigous
          • is it the leaders of the newspapers who don't care about the victims of war
            • anger
              • is it the public who are apathetic about others suffering
          • is it the public who are apathetic about others suffering
          • is it us
            • the readers of the poem who read it and quickly move on and forget

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