English Literature: Carol Ann Duffy War Photographer

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"In his darkroom his is finally alone"
Alone with his suffering
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"With spools of suffering set out in ordered rows"
Alliteration, literal and metaphorical. Spools = negative. Irony - suffering should be chaotic.
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"The only light is red and softly glows"
Red = blood/danger
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"as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a mass"
Religious atmosphere/ritual, religious connection - photographer is priest.
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"Belfast. Beirut. Phnom. Penh. All flesh is grass.
Religious term - feeding the reader easily cut down/destroyed - metaphoric. Possibly in 70's/80's - Lebanon, Northern Island, Cambodia - relevant today
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"He has a job to do"
He has to do it.
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"Solutions slop in trays beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now."
Shocking, not affected then but is now. Juxtaposition. Images from far away from home. Remembering - he could have helped. But somebody has to do his job - post-traumatic stress disorder
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"Home again to ordinary pain"
What he witnessed was not ordinary pain
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"...which don't explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat"
Heat from explosions and bombs
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"Something is happening."
Photos are emerging - real life first time seen her
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"A stranger's features faintly start to twist before his eyes, a half-formed ghost"
'Stranger' suggests he doesn't know them, 'twist' suggests something is wrong, and 'ghost' is metaphorical for the dead.
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"He remembers the cries of this man's wife"
Triggers the memory
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"how he sought approval without words"
Didn't offer any comfort
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"A hundred agonies in black-and-white"
Real life situations.
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"which his editor will pick out five or six for Sunday's supplement"
Using suffering to gain profit - only the most graphic used.
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"The reader's eyeballs ***** with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers."
The readers are upset but easily forgotten about - fitting in the newspaper articles into their everyday life - of things the others don't have
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"From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care"
Going back to war zone, trying to emotionally detach himself.
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Card 2

Front

"With spools of suffering set out in ordered rows"

Back

Alliteration, literal and metaphorical. Spools = negative. Irony - suffering should be chaotic.

Card 3

Front

"The only light is red and softly glows"

Back

Preview of the front of card 3

Card 4

Front

"as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a mass"

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

"Belfast. Beirut. Phnom. Penh. All flesh is grass.

Back

Preview of the front of card 5
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