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"In his dark room he is finally alone"

-Word choice = negative connotations


"spools of suffering set out in ordered rows"

-Alliteration/Metaphor = harsh s sound= anger at how much suffering war brings
-Order to chaos also creates image of graves = the consequences of war


"The only light is red and softly glows"

-Red = Anger, blood, death


"as though this was a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass"

-Simile = church a place where people listen and care about other people
-Priest: highlights important and respectful role


"Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh. All flesh is grass"

-Real Places = Real world , short sentences = impact
-Biblical reference life is short


"He has a job to do"

-He is not named as there are many war photographers


"Solutions slop in trays"

-alliteration = badly handled no solution to war


"Which did not tremble then though seem to now"

-Word choice = highlights emotional impact his job has on him


"Rural England. Home again to ordinary pain which simple weather can dispel"

-Contrast = safe and happy
-We don't have real problems like war


"fields which don't explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat"

-Horrific image = horror of war
-children = emotive image
-Nightmare, haunted by war


"Something is happening"

-Vague- War is everywhere but we remain detached


"A stranger's features faintly start to twist before his eyes"

-Even strangers should matter to us but they sadly don't
-Word choice of twist = pain


"a half formed ghost"

-Metaphor = he is dead now but the war photographer is haunted by memory


"He remembers the cries of this man's wife , how he sought approval without words to do what someone must "

-Emotive image
-Difficult job, witnessing horror so he can tell us the truth about war


"how the blood stained into foreign dust"

-Constant death war never stops
- Word choice of foreign = lack of compassion: far away not here


"A hundred agonies in black and white"

-High number contrast to number of photos that are seen
- Word Choice = Photos, Death, Truth and lies, Right and wrong


"Sundays supplement"

-Hidden away, should be front page news but it is not


"The readers eyeballs prick with tears between the bath and pre lunch beers"

-Passing compassion, not deep or genuine
-War is not a priority, just a passing thought then back to routine


"From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care"

-Back to work. cyclical poem structure because war never ends
-Final line sums up the whole poem point of the poem, was written because people do not care what war is really like = horrific.