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Flashcards in War Photographer Deck (13):
1

“Darkroom” / “Red”

Connotations of the colours... violence and loneliness

2

“Spools of suffering set out in ordered rows”

-‘Ordered rows’ 1.reflects structure 2.suggestion of graves
-Sibilance
-The ‘spools’ themselves can’t suffer but what is shown on them can bring suffering

3

“All flesh is grass”

-Rosetti & Bible reference
-Futility of life

4

“beneath his hands, which did not tremble then/though seem to now”

-‘Tremble’ due to emotion felt… not replicated by society

5

“A strangers features/faintly start to twist”

-Ambiguous
Literal: developing the photo
Figurative: person in pain

6

“A half-formed ghost”

-Metaphor
Image of death
Image on photo

7

“A hundred agonies in black-and-white”

1 Photo
2 good/bad
3 truth/lies

8

“The readers eyeballs prick/with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers”

-Rhyme quickens pace reflecting speed that people forget (futile)
-Juxtaposes ‘tears’ with comfortable images of ‘bath’ and ‘pre lunch beers’
-Anger... tears are meaningless

9

“He earns his living and they do not care”

-Final line
-Putting his life at risk and in reality people don’t care
-‘They’... the public/media/us

10

Written by...

Carol Ann Duffy
-poem is about the ‘difficult decisions’

11

MAIN THEMES

-Photographers MORALITY
-Emotion
-Clear/blunt like a photo

12

Structure?

-Strict Structure
4 stanzas of 6 lines following abbcdd
(symbolises photographers discipline and the ordered structure of war)
-Cyclical... reflecting the never ending emotions of war

13

Inspiration?

Carol Ann Duffy’s friends that are war photographers... Don McCullin