Shooting Stars - Carol Ann Duffy Essay

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Shooting Stars

The poem 'Shooting Stars' by Carol Ann Duffy tells a shocking story of a female prisoner held by Nazis in a concentration camp around the time of the Holocaust. The poem is set in 1940, Hitler and his Nazi party had taken control of most of Europe and had vowed to exterminate the entire Jewish race.
Duffy's haunting use of imagery and word choice make this poem so memorable and its very strong opening prepares the reader for the rest of the poem.
The title choice, 'Shooting Stars' is a very effective and ambiguous title. The first meaning is that the word 'Stars' represent the Jewish symbol, The Star of David. Jewish people were forced to wear them on their clothes to mark them out as targets of abuse and torment for
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The word 'gaze' shows that these men are detached from their emotions as they are part of a mass slaughtering which seems hard to believe that that is humanly possible.
Duffy then uses the literary technique, enjambment to combine the first and second stanzas. This technique is used to emphasize the point, "Mourn for the daughters / upright as statues" and carry the impact through the two stanzas. Duffy shows how the women are stood firm and even in the most humiliating, de-humanised state.
"You would not look at me. / You waited for the bullet" the woman is looking out for her friend as they are waiting to be killed. For the woman to be faced with death and looking out for her friend shows the incredibly selfless personality of the Jews. The following single word line, 'Fell' is a euphemism for the death of the woman and gives a strong, short impact to the reader and acts like a literary 'bullet' which is literally the object which killed her.
Duffy tells us to "Remember these appalling days which make the world forever bad". She gives the word 'Remember' a capital letter to emphasize the fact that we should not forget what happened there. Duffy believes that if the memory of this atrocity stays in our memory, we can avoid any other mass, human-caused disaster to reoccur.
Enjambment is once again used to link stanzas two and three. "One saw I was alive. Loosened / his belt." This technique is used

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