Mother In A Refugee Camp By Carol Ann Duffy

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War is a theme continuously revisited and explored in both modern and classic literature, as it is a major issue in our society today; being that it is such a powerful and destructive force with the potential to wipe out entire cultures, and societies. While it is true that everyone suffers from the effects of war, it is also worthy of note that war does affect everyone in the same way. For example, some people have to run away from their homes and families, to run from everything they know, and become refugees in a strange land, as portrayed in “Mother in a Refugee Camp.” Some individuals, after living through war and suffering, try to atone for their sins trough prayer as shown in “Prayer before Birth,” while others are forced to go out
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There are different ways to look at war, as pointed out in this quote:
“No man ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor man die for his country.” George S. Patton
First on the list is the poem “War Photographer,” written by Carol Ann Duffy. She uses a series of literary techniques to put across her views against war and its effects. In the first paragraph, she talks about how the character returns to his “darkroom” where he is “finally alone.” The word “darkroom” may be used ambiguously during the poem. It could represent a literal darkroom where photos are developed, or it could stand for a secret room or hiding place, where he is finally able to be alone, or where he is not being persecuted or blamed for anything. It might also represent how he feels about the world, now that he is away from judging or prying eyes, and has time to collect his thoughts. He then goes on to symbolise the amount of pain these people face with the phrase “spools of suffering.” A spool in the literal sense is the plastic core which thread, string, cotton and
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In the first line when she says that, “He has a job to do.” This shows how determined he is to do his own duty, while being pretty vague by only saying “job.” when she says that “solutions Slop in trays,” she could just be talking about how people die in wars, solutions being the people, and the trays being coffins or graves. Another meaning could be how people believe that killing others is the only solution to war. When it says that his hands “which did not tremble then, though seem to now,” it shows that his composure and resolve while doing his job, or while taking the pictures, but while he develops them or reflects on his day and on the scenarios he had witnessed, he gets nervous, and starts to tremble and shake. When he gets back to “Rural England,” may be an example of juxtaposition, which plays on the fact that England can be considered to be one of the most advanced nations in recent history. This plays on the fact that rural usually means an area that is void of development or one that still lies undeveloped. When she claims that he has returned to “ordinary pain,” dispelled by “simple weather.” This expresses her view of how English people are weak and cowardly, and how they think of themselves as the most important set of people around, and that their ordinary pains, like bills and taxes are nothing compares to those faced by people who have to face the real nature of war

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