War Photographer Carol Ann Duffy (Emotive Language ("of running…
War Photographer Carol Ann Duffy
published in 1985
photo from Vietnam war described at the start of the war of a naked person running towards the camera after being burnt fro being hit from a bomb
four stanzas of equal length and a regular rhyme scheme- "set out in ordered rows" like the photographers spools
the use of enjambment reflects the gradual revealing of the photo as it develops
follows the actions and thoughts of the photographer in his darkroom
distinct change at the start of the third stanza, when the photographer remembers a specific death
In the final stanza, the focus shifts to the way the photographers work is recieved
the references to religion make it sound as if he is a priest conducting a funeral when developing his photos - sense of ceremony to his actions
"as though this were a church and he a priest preparing to intone a mass"
"all flesh is grass" - said in the bible
presents "rural England" as a contrast to the war zone
"prick with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers"
the grieving window is compared with people in England whose eyes on "prick with tears"
"of running children in a nightmare heat"
"a hundred agonies in black and white"
"a half-formed ghost"
"a strangers features faintly started to twist before his eyes"