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I have chosen to study these 3 poems ;`Night Patrol` by Alan Ross, `War Photographer` by Carol Ann Duffy and `Dulce et Decorum Est` by Wilfred Owen.

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War Poetry I have chosen to study these 3 poems; `Night Patrol` by Alan Ross, `War Photographer` by Carol Ann Duffy and `Dulce et Decorum Est` by Wilfred Owen. All of these poems are about the effects of war, and how people feel about it. `Night Patrol` by Alan Ross. This is about a soldier that goes out on a night patrol, he is on a boat that leaves port at last light, and returns to the port at dawn. It shows the daily routine of a patrolling soldier at war. `War Photographer` by Carol Ann Duffy. This poem isn't first hand experience, she is writing as a male photographer that goes to report the war. The man realises the issues of war and death. `Dulce et Decorum Est` by Wilfred Owen, this poem is about a man on the front lines. He faces and describes the dangers or war, gunfire, gas and shelling. Night Patrol, this poem is told from a soldier's point of view. The soldier goes on his night shift - patrolling the channel by boat. The first three lines are about his view on going to war, he describes it as if he was forced to go to war. ...read more.

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`With Spools of suffering set out in ordered rows' The pictures taken were war photographs, most pictures taken in war had horrific outcomes, people dying or injured. What she is saying is that loads of pictures are set out in rows (each negative of the film). She then goes on to give you a little description of what the room looks like - red lights that softly glows. It is quiet and he is alone, as we know. He is taking his time, and carefully developing the film. Taking photographs is his livelihood, so he was very professional about it, `his hands did not tremble then though seem to now'. When he took the photograph he did not have the time to think of the horror and see the proper effect of war, he was there just to take photographs, as a professional. Now that he is in the comfort of his home, his emotions have caught up with him. `Something is happening', one of his photos is coming through, and he sees it as a stranger. He remembers how and when the photo was taken. ...read more.

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Meaning it is noble to die for your country. It does not necessarily mean that he's not afraid of death, just that he thinks it is noble to die for his country. All of these poems have the relationship of war. The main message that all these poems are trying to get across is that war isn't good. In all the poems there is a sign of fear, either first hand or not, the writer still knows that there's fear. In all of the poems there is no positive part to it. In the `War Photographer` the photographer hasn't got the time to realise what is really happening, he's only there to get a front-page snap. When he's home he can have all the time to recollect his thoughts. The photographer cannot be part of his home setting because of the horrors he has witnessed, and the people for whom he works cannot fully appreciate the photographer's work because they have no idea of the real circumstances of war. `Night Patrol`, the soldier that goes out on patrol seems to be scared, and wants to stay on land. He also seems fed up of the shift and continuous patrol that risks his life. Alastair Beal 1 of 4 ...read more.

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