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How Does Duffy Use Reflections On The Past To Express Feelings, Experience And Ideas.

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Introduction

How Does Duffy Use Reflections On The Past To Express Feelings, Experience And Ideas Carol Ann Duffy writes the War Photographer. The poem is about Don McCullen a close friend of McCullen who was a war photographer. The poem is set in a darkroom where the war photographer is developing his pictures and making order of the pictures that are so chaotic. While he is developing his pictures it brings back memories and the suffering he witnessed and could not stop due to his line of work. The poem is written in the 3rd person and in the present tense making the poem even more effective. Throughout the poem the priest is used to symbolise the preparing of the photos and the dealing of pain and suffering. ...read more.

Middle

The silence in the verse shows the sacredness of the work. 'He has a job to do', his life is job although the memories are painful he still has to carry on. 'Hands which did not tremble then though seem to now', the memories of the suffering are coming back to him. It is almost as if he has shellshock from the chaos he experienced. This is contrast to 'Rural England' where there is only 'ordinary pain'; the problems at home are nothing to the problems he saw. The contrast is shown in the final 2 lines of the verse, 'to fields that don't explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat'. The rhyming couplets 'feet' and 'heat' made me picture someone walking over hot coals and in extreme pain this is emphasized by the ...read more.

Conclusion

The final verse shows the lack of understanding from the outsiders. No one has experienced the suffering and treats the pictures and the memories they hold as if it was nothing. 'A hundred agonies in black-and-white from which his editor will pick out 5 or 6 for Sunday's supplement'. The poet shows the lack of understanding when she shows the action of the editor only picking 'five or six' and casually disregarding the rest. 'The reader's eyeballs prick with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers', there is no feeling, and they haven't experienced the suffering that he saw. They can live their cushioned life styles and normal lives but there is a lot of pain and suffering and he is the one that witnesses it and they don't care. 'From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care'. Ibrahim Ferullo ...read more.

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