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Explore The Presentation Of Death In War Photographer, Remember And Mother In A Refugee Camp.

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The theme of death in the poems “War Photographer”, “Remember”, and “Mother in a Refugee Camp” were all portrayed in different forms to explore death and the suffering it brings. The variations of death in the three poems create a diverse image of death, which some people can relate to through the different situations of loss. “Remember” by Christina Rossetti fashions an image of death because the speaker wanted her husband to remember all the memories they had shared during her life. Rossetti found it necessary to portray death as a spiritual place rather than a physical state of decomposition so that she can finally escape to a place of silence to avoid all the darkness in her life. “War ...view middle of the document...

The readers can also feel this idea of guilt and sorrow because Duffy wanted the readers to feel the excruciating pain and torture that the photographer had to witness around him. Another line from the poem that reads, “He has a job to do. Solutions slop in trays beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now” shows that Duffy tries to convey the photographer’s emotions when he is in the battle field versus the darkroom. This quote explains that when the photographer is in the battlefield he is calm and focused, whereas in the darkroom he tends to release his emotions. Duffy uses the word “tremble” to show that the photographer did not allow himself to tremble while taking pictures of the aftermath of the war, and he only did so while in the darkroom where he was horrified by his own images. She also wrote “he has a job to do” to explain that when he works on the field he is professional. This paragraph is to show that death is presented in a place of conflict, where the causes of death are mainly impersonal. It also exhibits the turmoil of the battlefield and how the photographer manages to deal with that.

In addition to the paragraph above, Carol Ann Duffy uses powerful imagery to further explain the consequences of war. She uses metaphors and alliteration in order to create powerful effects. In the third stanza, Duffy uses the metaphor “half formed ghost” to describe that the photographer was watching the picture of the stranger slowly appearing where he can almost see the soldier dying again. This suggests an image of death, where the photographer was haunted by the memories of a once loved man as well as hearing the cries of the man’s beloved wife. Duffy also uses alliteration in the first stanza that says “spools of suffering set out in ordered rows” to suggest that the reality of war will lead to a great amount of suffering, which will end up in rows of tombstones and dead bodies. By doing this, Duffy made a direct reference to The Bible by using the quote “all flesh is grass” from the First Epistle of Peter, chapter one, verse twenty-three to make a point to remind us that God has made us mortal. By using this quote it refers to the photographer as his job requires him to witness constant eradication and he must be able to realize that everyone is only human. This is to emphasise the shortness of life experienced by the people involved in the war. The poem is written in present tense because Duffy wanted the readers to live in the moment with the photographer, as though we are witnessing it for ourselves, which creates a bigger impact on the reader. Using present tense makes this poem more personal and more powerful, which I appreciate Duffy for doing so in her craft. To conclude, this paragraph represents that death is presented as part of the norm in the battlefield, where death occurs in almost a systematic way to show that death happens quickly.

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