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Meaning

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  • Photographer returns home from war zone & develops photos to be published in Sunday news supplement
  • Lack of care from western society about harshness of war
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Themes 2x

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  • Impossibility of presenting true horror of war/conflict
  • People refuse to acknowledge beyond very superficial level of what war is like
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3rd person why?

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Sense of detachment to atrocities = what photographer himself experiences

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Imagery #1

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“fields which don’t explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat”

  • “explode” & “nightmare” = negative connotations
    • Showcases hardships of war
    • Highlights how safe our world is
  • Historical allusion
    • Reminds reader difference between lives of
      children in war zones and those in rural England
  • “running children”
    • Barefoot children running in grass for fun
    • Running from war
      • End of innocence/possibly life
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Imagery #2

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“suffering set out in ordered rows”

  • Paradox
    • Suffering cannot be ordered
    • Tries to make sense of what he’s seen
      • Foreshadows sinister atmosphere
  • Alludes to war graves
    • Everything sanitised / structured
  • Shows photographer observes pain of war but not part of it
    • Tries to organise it in a calm and controlled way
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Tone #1

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Passive, removed, serious: takes work seriously

Semantic field of religion: “church” , “priest” , “Mass”

  • “as thought this were a church and he was a priest”
    • Catholic churches = “red” light burns continuously
      • Symbolises presence of blood of Christ
      • Places photographer in religious and evangelising role
      • = Meant to bring suffering of world to our attention
  • “intone a Mass”
    • Reminding congregation (society) of terrible deaths while they sit comfy
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Tone #2

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Frustrated

“tears … beers”

  • Mid line rhyme
    • Quickens pace in final stanza
    • Represents speed of which people forget horrors of war
  • Mentioning of routine = lives of readers don’t change
    • Upset only briefly
    • Don’t want to change the world
  • “they do not care.”
    • Ambiguity
      • Could be anyone & everyone
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Structure #1

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Repetitive and regular in rhyme & stanza (sestets)

  • Tightly/neatly controlled structure but theme = chaos of war
    • Juxtaposition
      • War photographer efforts are futile = nothing changes
    • What we think VS reality of war = impossible to understand
  • Reflects war photographer’s job = tries to impose order on chaos of war
    • Make it palatable (acceptable/pleasant)
      • Move & forget
    • Tries to make sense of scenes of confusion and slaughter
  • Regular rhyme scheme abbcdd
    • = Predictability of horror and violence of war
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Structure #2

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Cyclical structure

  • Links to fate
    • Everything predetermined & no escaping it
    • Futility of war photographer’s job
      • People sanitise horrors = carry on with ordered life
      • Futile endeavour (goal)
10
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Comparisons 3x

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  • ‘Prayer Before Birth’
  • ‘Blessing’
  • ‘The Tyger’
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‘The Tyger’

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Both about relentless nature of cruelty in world

12
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‘Prayer Before Birth’

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Both about cruelty of world

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‘Blessing’

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Contrasted with moment of joy within a context of poverty and suffering