Remains And War Photographer Comparison Year 9 Essay

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· English draft
· War Photographer Comparison 
· In War Photographer, the poet portrays that conflict is severeand explores the disastrous effects of it. This is implied through metaphors especially when it describes seeing a man ‘a half-formed ghost’. Remains similarly explores the idea of conflict but shows its lasting effect through similar techniques like repetition as when the poet repeats ‘dozen rounds.’
· In War Photographer, Duffy uses a range of techniques to explore the idea of conflict and its evil nature. As said before, metaphors are used like ‘half formed ghost’ to portray the photograph that he took was of a dying man and to get the reader to understand the severity of war and the lives cost in it. The overall point of this poem is to convey the cruelty of war and what it accomplishes. The poet expresses the dilemma faced by the photographer in these circumstances through the way he ‘sought approval’ and tried to make ‘the readers eyeballs prick’ so that they would care. Duffy was inspired to write this poem by her friendship with a war photographer. She was especially intrigued by the peculiar challenge faced by these people whose job requires them to record terrible, horrific events without being able to directly help their subjects. The use of a semantic field of death shows the very dark side of conflict and gives an almost savage and sinister edge to the poem to make the act of war all the more evil. The poet does this to make the point that such wars create extremely dark times as explored in the sibilance of the piece ‘with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows’. The use of the word ‘suffering’ implies very bad conditions and the state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship. As this is referring to war it is a safe inference to say that war creates pain, suffering and hardship. This is further emphasised in the way the pet compares a war zone to a normal place: ‘Rural England. Home again to ordinary pain which simple weather can dispel, to field which don’t explode beneath our feet’. Theoxymoron of ‘ordinary pain’ implies pain is common and the use here shows that in a war zone the type of pain felt is never felt in ordinary places as back up in the way it says ‘fields don’t explode beneath our feet’. Also the way England is described is quite idyllic where all they long for is ‘simple weather’ and hands which ‘did not tremble’. This implies fear in their current circumstances. This makes the reader understand the horror of war and the severity of it because people who are living it are dying, scared and yearn for the normalcy of other lives. Linking back to the point, the author shows the cruelty of war using these ideas. 
· Similarly, in another poem, Armitage explore conflict but the lasting effect of it instead. The poet uses metaphors as well to explore the lives lost in the wars fought: ‘I see every round as it rips through his life’. This implies a double meaning, the person shot is not the only one that the...

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