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

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Poetry is a way of confronting experiences and the issues it raises for the living. Death is rife during global conflicts and some poets use their craft to show the pain and suffering aspects of death. ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy presents people’s death through both literal and figurative lexis. It uses the metaphorical lens of a camera to create an opinion about war and the role of media is reporting it humanely. ‘A Mother in a Refugee Camp’ by Chinua Achebe presents the suffering and torment of death with strong sensory imagery to reflect the horrible and inevitable events levied on innocent victims. ‘Vultures’, also by Chinua Achebe presents death by contrasting cruelty and love in the Second World War and obliquely, the Nigerian civil war. Death also befalls every individual in an inevitable manner and grief is just as intolerable when someone you love is taken from you. ‘Remember’ by Christina Rossetti is bittersweet; whilst embracing death, she rejects death as she is torn between her lover remembering her, or forgetting her as remembering would be too painful for him. ‘Mid-term break’ by Seamus Heaney is a first hand account of his painful early experience of his family tragedy and ‘Funeral blues’ by W.H Auden, consist of an unnamed speaker lamenting the death of someone close to him. ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy is a powerful and poignant poem that dichotomizes two worlds. It addresses the hardships of war through the eyes of an individual and

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