Flashcards in War Photographer Deck (48)
Who wrote the poem 'War Photographer'?
Carol Ann Duffy
Why does Carol Ann Duffy present the photographer as relieved to be alone?
Because he needs time to digest what he has witnessed.
The photographer arranges the photographs into 'ordered rows' because...
...he wants to bring order to the chaos he's seen.
Carol Ann Duffy compares the photographer to a priest because...
...she thinks photographs can carry a message like a mass.
'All flesh is grass' means...
...life is fragile. It can come and go.
Why did the photographer's hands not tremble when he took the photographs?
Because he had to remain professional and get the job done.
Which country was the photo 'Napalm Girl' taken in?
Why does Carol Ann Duffy describe the image of the dying man as 'a half-formed ghost'?
Because the image is slowly developing in front of him, the man is now dead so seems like a ghost and the photographer finds the image haunting.
Why do you think the wife allowed the photographer to take a picture of him dying?
She wanted the world to see his suffering, give them a message and make them stop and help.
Why does the photographer describe his job as doing 'what someone must'?
He feels that the world must learn of the horrors of war.
He feels he has a responsibility.
What is the theme of the poem?
Isolation and Suffering
What effect does the religious imagery create?
Conveys his dedication to his occupation
Shows how he is too often exposed to life and death
What is Sunday's supplement?
A regular additional section placed in a Sunday newspaper
What is the colour of the light in the darkroom and what does it connote?
Red - connotations of blood and pain
Fill in the blank: "A stranger's features ______ start to twist before his eyes,"
Fill in the blank: "The reader's _______ prick with tears between the ____ and pre-lunch _____"
eyeballs; bath; beers
What was War Photographer based on?
Fill in the blank: "...beneath his hands, which did not ____ then though they seem to now."
Which quote shows our increasing indifference to the victims of conflict?
"stares impassively...and they do not care"
Fill in the blank:
"to fields which don't explode beneath the feet ______________"
of running children
Which religion is symbolized by the red light?
He goes home to what?
What does Duffy mean by ordinary pain?
Westerners have it easy
The imagery of 'fields that don't explode...running children' is a reference to what?
The Napalm Girl
'The Nightmare Heat' in this line refers to what?
The gas burning her body.
In the third stanza, the photographer experiences something strange, this is
What's the effect of the verb 'prick' to describe the readers reacting to the pictures?
They are affected only for a moment
What is the inspiration behind the poem?
Duffy's own friendship with a war photographer
What does Duffy explore in the poem?
The complex and potentially controversial role of a war photographer, who is so close to horrific events but can do nothing to help