Mother In Refugee Camp Poem Analysis

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Remember by Christina Rossetti, Mother in Refugee Camp by Chinua Achebe and War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy all explore different perspectives of death and its inevitability. In the poem Mother in Refugee Camp, Chinua Achebe exposes the reader to the realistic and horrific conditions of a refugee camp, culminating in the lamentable death of the child. The language, the use of metaphors and similes and structure call attention to the idea of cyclical death in a refugee camp. The poem War Photographer explores the continual cycle of death in war zones. Duffy examines the predicament the war photographer faces - whether to intervene in the ongoing conflict or to uncover the reality and destruction of conflict. However, Remember exhibits a…show more content…
In John Keats’ La Belle Dame Sans Merci poem, there is evidence of ghost imagery shown in the line ‘pale kings, and princes too, pale warriors, death-pale were they all’. The strong repetition of the word ‘pale’ in this line signifies that the warriors, kings and princes have all been captured by death; this furthermore creates a vivid image of their ghostly appearance. As we look at previous lines in this poem, we see that this isn’t the exact first time that this ‘beautiful woman without mercy’ has eradicated someone. One may also interpret this line as a listing for previous victims; suggesting a cycle of deaths caused by this woman. Similar to La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Chinua Achebe’s Mother in Refugee Camp creates a vivid image of ghosts throughout its poem. This image of ghosts is shown by the phrase ‘She held a ghost-smile’; this metaphor translates into her holding up a dead smile. I believe that he used a metaphor is used to most effectively describe the mother’s reaction of her loss. Achebe uses the word ‘ghost’ in this stanza to foreshadow the demise of her son. The word ‘ghost’ in the poem is used to impact the audience with strong emotions of pity which furthermore create a sorrowful tone to the poem. Chinua Achebe has identified the negative connotations that are usually associated with the word…show more content…
This is shown in Wilfred Owen’s Dulce et Decorum - the lines ‘White eyes writhing in his face’, ‘he plunges at me, guttering, drowning, choking. This listing of three is used to create a rather chaotic atmosphere. It too epitomises the horrible methods of death used by many. The phrase ‘white eyes’ maybe suggests of his ghost-like appearance and the word ‘writhing’ possibly tells us the struggle to stay alive. Through these lines and imagery, Owen is able to describe war and conflict in a more graphical way. Furthermore, Dulce et Decorum is similar to War Photographer in the way where imagery is used to describe the

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