By Carol Ann Duffy
The poem is called war photographer by carol Ann Duffy. The poem is about a photographer developing his photos in a darkroom after returning from a war zone. Carol Duffy’s purpose to this poem is to make us think about the things that we think aren’t important because they don’t affect us for example the war zone which the writer has just returned from. She also wants us to think about what people like the photographer go through to let the people safe at home know what’s happening in the world. The poem has a rhyme structure in each stanza, which goes A-B-B-C-D-D.
In stanza one the writer is in his darkroom and is setting out his spools of film to be developed-“In his darkroom he is finally alone with his spools of suffering set out in ordered rows”. The use of the word “finally” suggests that he’s been through a lot recently and he is somewhat glad to be alone now. Duffy gives us a contrast between the first and second lines of the poem. Duffy begins by telling saying the photographer is “finally alone” but then in the same sentence you are told that he has his “spools of suffering” which would have the images of many people either dead or in pain which you could say would be a form of company. By using enjambment Duffy splits the two sides of the contrast up between the first and second lines. This makes it easier for readers to notice. These two techniques have the effect of making the readers know how alone the photographer is. It has the effect of stretching the word “suffering” out so the readers takes more notice of it. By using the word “ordered” when referring to the way the spools are set out the poet creates a contrast with the spools and the rows as the all the spools have images of chaos and war which contrasts with the neat order of the way they are set out. This reference is very effective because it emphasise the fact that war always involve...