CAROL ANN DUFFY
- War photographers fulfil a very dangerous job; they put their lives in danger to capture images of the severity of war.
- Many have been killed and injured but they see it as a necessary sacrifice in order to present information to an audience ‘at home’.
- The problem is that a picture does not always tell the full story and is becoming less and less powerful in desensitised Western Society.
- The poem follows the journey of a man who returns from a war-torn land to develop his photographs.
- The pictures remind him of his experiences and the atrocities which are happening abroad.
- The violence in the war zones is contrasted with the nonchalant attitude of the Western world.
- The photographer is dismayed, as he leaves to go to work again.
- Third person perspective
- Both rhyming couplets and non-rhyming lines
- Simple sentences
- Four stanzas
- Animal imagery
- Power of humans
- Power of memory