war photographer

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  • war photographer-carol ann duffy
    • the horror of war: attempt to counter the graphic imagery that we have become so used to seeing, her depictions are subtle and understated.
      • "to fields which don’t explode beneath the feet of running children" an image that we would usually associate with something innocent and happy is subverted into something much more sinister.
    • Our increasing indifference to the victims of conflict: the poem conveys the increasing  isolation the photographer feels both towards his own country and the newspaper he works for.
      • "The reader’s eyeballs ***** with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers" although the reader is moved the sympathy is short lived, their eyeballs '*****' but only briefly, their real concerns are their own lives.
    • four regular six-line stanzas, each stanza ends in a rhyming couplet, its very rigid order contrasts with the chaotic, disturbing images described in the poem.
    • style is almost clinical, perhaps to imitate the approach used by people in this line of work to allow them to do their jobs under extreme pressure.
    • 'as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass' religious imagery is conveying the dedication the photographer feels towards his occupation
    • contrast between Rural England and the war zones that he visits, noting how our ordinary  problems can be dispelled by the simplicity of nice weather.
    • a half-formed ghost, double meaning, describes the way the figure is gradually appearing on the paper/ suggesting the fact that since he no longer exists he has effectively become a ghost.
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