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War Photographer.

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Introduction

WAR PHOTOGRAPHER The broad description of this poem would be about a photographer, taking pictures of scenes in the war. Judging from the language and phrases used , the pictures are not particularly nice ones. The writer is describing a photographer - the photographer is not writing about himself. The first stanza is the introducing stanza. The writer is describing the photographer as "finally alone", meaning that , after he has been taking pictures of the war, while seeing everyone, he can now sit in his darkroom (a room where photographs are processed) almost isolated from the outside world, and ready to look at the developing cold, gruesome photographs that he has taken. In the second line of the first stanza , the writer is said to quote: "with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows". The words "spools of suffering" suggest to me that the photographs are nasty and horrid... ...read more.

Middle

We can find grass all over the world, and the writer is suggesting that there are dead bodies almost anywhere . In the second stanza , the writer is said to quote: "He has a job to do". This suggests that he has to do it , in order to make a living. The next sentence is: "Solutions slop in trays beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now." To me, the writer suggests that the photographer, looking at his developing pictures , is extremely shocked at the images he has developing in front of him (and, if he can't quite make out what the pictures are, he can probably remember back to the war.) "Rural England. Home again to ordinary pain which simple weather can dispel , to fields which don't explode beneath the feet , of running children in a nightmare heap." ...read more.

Conclusion

The opening line in the final stanza is: "A hundred agonies in black-and-white". A hundred agonies show emotion , while black-and-white is what I, the reader, can see . Here, the writer uses a contrast of images to show that this is the covered-up version of what the public sees to be war. "From which his editor will pick out five or six for Sunday's supplement" shows that the photographer works for the paper. "From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care." The writer uses the word "impassively" to show that he has no emotion and is quite reserved. The writer says that they do not care that this photographer is taking pictures. I think the writer says that they do not care, because the writer refers to "they" as the editors, and the editors have other things to concentrate on as well. Also, I think that the pictures being taken are not "touching" the public (including the editors) as the way the photographer may have liked. ...read more.

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