A poem that deals with the less pleasant side of life is Carol Ann Duffy’s “War Photographer “The poem is about a man who goes out to places of war and takes photos’ of the wars. He brings home pictures of horrific images so they can be looked at by the editor who will put them in the Sunday paper.
In the poem Duffy makes us ask questions about the war and how we react to images that we see in the paper or are told about on the news. One question she makes us ask is “is the reaction of the readers good enough” because when you read a paper you would expect something like this to be front page news but now it is a wee section at the side of an article about something less important and we as readers to be as much attention to this as we should. When we read these articles about war in different countries it just goes in one ear and out the other we don’t stop to think about the person who had died or the people who are out at war fighting for our country and we should because it was one of our family that had died or was out at war we would be paying more attention to everything that was going on. Another question that Duffy makes us ask is “Is it enough to feel sad for a moment whilst lounging in a bath “I don’t think it is because if it was a person in my family out fighting I would think about their safety all the time, and just because it is someone else we don’t stop to think about if they have a family and what they are going through and how they must be feeling.
In this poem Duffy also uses poetic techniques to emphasis her points. One of the techniques she uses is imagery. An example of this is “fields which explode beneath the feet of running children in a nightmare heat” This is an effective piece of imagery because running children you would normally think of children having a good time running about with no worries but in this image it is children running away from gun fire or a bomb exploding. “Nightmare heat” This we would...