War Photographer Essay

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Literature essay First draft Q: Write about “War Photographer” by Carl Ann Duffy, which is very effective in highlighting a number of important social issues. Explain what these issues are and examine and discuss the various ways in which the poet manages to help you understand or convey them. In his darkroom he is finally alone with spools of suffering set out in ordered rows. The only light is red and softly glows, as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a mass. Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh. All flesh is grass. He has a job to do. Solutions slop in trays beneath his hands which did not tremble then though seem to now. 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 heat. Something is happening. A stranger's features faintly start to twist before his eyes, a half formed ghost. He remembers the cries of this man's wife, how he sought approval without words to do what someone must and how the blood stained into foreign dust. A hundred agonies in black-and-white from which his editor will pick out five or six for Sunday's supplement. The reader's eyeballs prick with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers. From the aeroplane he stares impassively at where he earns his living and they do not care. “War Photographer” depicts the thoughts of a war photographer on his views of the war and how people these days do not bother themselves with sufferings of others, caring solely for themselves. In today’s brutal society, more and more people becoming are self-centered creatures that look out ahead for ourselves and although we sympathize for those in bigger troubles and worse situations, little actually make an effort to change something for the better for the victims suffering from such problems. We
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