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  1. War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy is a poem which explores the theme of moral ambiguity.

    At the start of the poem, Duffy conveys that there is no moral issue in taking pictures of suffering. She re-enforces the image as the photographer sets out the spools of photographic film into ?ordered rows?. The word ?rows? has connotations of the headstones in a graveyard. This is relevant as the poet could be suggesting that the mass burials during a war are very impersonal and the photographer is actually conducting a funeral for these people. Duffy describes the photographer as a: ?Priest preparing to intone a mass? By using the simile ?as though...he a priest? the photographer is conveyed as almost giving each war victim a proper burial.

    • Word count: 1487
  2. A poem which describes a persons experience is War Photographer by Carol Ann Duffy.

    This suggests that the photographer has seen very traumatizing and disturbing mass burials and graveyards that have taken place because of the war. It is almost as if the photographer is giving all the wartime victims a proper burial that they never received. His experience in war inflicted countries is definitely one he, as much as he tries, will never be able to forget. Duffy shows the photographers profession by listing several places: ?Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh.? These are all places with some type of war and conflict.

    • Word count: 1158
  3. Carol Ann Duffys Anne Hathaway explains the feelings of Shakespeares widow as she contemplates her marriage. Write a monologue in which Anne Shakespeare considers her thoughts about her husband and love.

    You are that wonderful woman around whom I want to weave my dreams and desires and dress you with my kisses. I will show you how a look can hold galaxies and a heart can feel everything and maybe we can discover together how far God went when he created a human being in the image and likeness.? [She folds the paper and puts it in her bag, then looking up at the sky, she talks to herself.] Before you Will, my life was like a moonless light.

    • Word count: 632
  4. How are disturbed characters present in 'Salome' and 'Havisham'?

    Both characters show signs of being extremely disturbed personalities. From the first stanza we begin to get an idea of Salome?s character. She proves herself to be very promiscuous, ? I?d done it before (and doubtless I?ll do it again sooner or later) woke up with a head on the pillow beside me-whose?? Salome shows she is licentious by confessing it?s not the first stranger she has bedded (we presume that ?head on the pillow is a euphemism). She mentions how she?d done it many times before and that the likelihood is she?ll do it again; she shows little to no signs of remorse.

    • Word count: 892
  5. Explore the ways which Carol Ann Duffy portrays the thief in 'Stealing'

    However, there are also many references to coldness in the rest of the poem ? ?winter? ?frozen? ?chill?. The thief behavior is shown to be selfish and cocky ? ?part of the thrill was knowing that children could cry in the morning. Life?s tough.? This line further emphasizes the ruthless quality of his mind. The fact that making children cry would be a ?thrill? is disturbing for the reader. His cockiness comes out in ?life?s tough? ? the statement would be said in a not caring way, as if he has seen it all and is merely stating the obvious.

    • Word count: 746
  6. Compare how Carol Ann Duffy presents women in the poems Havisham and Salome

    The characters are also very different as Havisham has very low self esteem and thinks she isn?t worthy of anyone else. Whereas Salome has very high self esteem, ?Good looking, of course? this suggests that she doesn?t fall in love with men who are below her high standards. Also ?I?d done it before? this suggests it isn?t the first time she has slept with a random man. She also says ?I needed to clean up my act? suggesting that she may start to become a bit more mature and settle down.

    • Word count: 1530
  7. War Photographer is an anti- war poem.

    Moreover, the intensity of the unending suffering is emphasized with the help of enjambment to add to the effect of continuity of the poet?s miseries. While the photographer undergoes pain, he tends to take the position of a priest of a church whereby, he is the only one to attend the helpless. At the warfront all are dead and its only he who is left. His conscience doesn?t permit him to leave them unattended hence the poet says, ?the only light is red and softly glows.? In the harsh realities, it?s the photographer who is soft on the ones who lost their lives.

    • Word count: 1424

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