The War Photographer, And Robert Bly 's Poem, Driving Through Minnesota During The Hanoi Bombings

800 Words Mar 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
The subject of war and death comes with a sense of loss, terror, conflict and pain. Two examples of poetry that present the subject of war and death are Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, “War Photographer,” and Robert Bly’s poem, “Driving Through Minnesota During the Hanoi Bombings.” Both of these poems present vivid images of the battle, show the devastating feelings towards war and provide the psychological impact on those involved in war. It is as if the “War Photographer” has captured similar destructive scenes that are described throughout “Driving Through Minnesota During the Hanoi Bombings.” By examining Carol Ann Duffy’s poem, “War Photographer,” and Robert Bly’s poem, “Driving Through Minnesota During the Hanoi Bombings,” I will compare and contrast the two treatments of the same subject, focusing on tone, structure and imagery to distinguish the theme.

Tone is the attitude toward the subjects in the poem or the audience (Coates-Cleary 81). Referring to the poems “War Photographer” and “Driving Through Minnesota During the Hanoi Bombings,” both authors are admiring and appreciative towards the characters involved with the war but seem to be quite unhappy and critical of the rest of us. For instance, the author in “War Photographer” encourages the readers to imagine the gruesome events that the photographer observes by describing the photographs, but she cannot make them feel what he feels and claims that the photographer “earns his living and they do not care.” (24)…

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