Essay on Analysis Of The Poem ' War Photographer ' By Carol Ann Duffy

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How do the poets you have studied explore the theme of loss and conflict?

Loss and conflict is a theme that has been explored frequently by poets. Loss and suffering seems to affect everyone no matter where they come from. Chinua Achebe is from Africa and tells us about the loss and suffering in his country which is similar to the feelings of loss and grief expressed by the other poets from the United Kingdom. This shows that suffering affects every human being and always has done. The poets studied have been writing about loss and suffering from the early part of the twentieth century like W.H Auden and Tony Harrison through to the present day with poets like Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy.

In “War Photographer” by Carol Ann Duffy, the poet presents the photographer experiencing a loss of faith and suffering in what he does as his occupation.

“In his dark room he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows”.

The poem “War Photographer” uses an omniscient perspective to set the scene in the “dark room” where the photographer is about to reveal his war photographs, as the “spools of suffering”. The sibilance in this quote draws the reader’s attention to the image and prepares us for images of loss and pain. A “dark room” is where a photographer develops his photographs but in this case it could take on another meaning and could have connotations of death. In particular, the death of a man who was murdered in front of his eyes in a war zone.…

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