For Monday 17/09/12. Learn the full poem – you need to read, re-read and practice!. Homework for Friday 14 th September 2012. Choose a poem in which contrast is important in developing theme.
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Choose a poem in which contrast is important in developing theme.
Explore the poet’s use of contrast and show why it is important in developing a key theme of the poem.
1) Understand the main ideas and central concerns of the text. (Theme)
2) Sustain a relevant argument, or line of thought. (Answer the question)
3) Engage with the text and evaluate its effectiveness. (Personal response)
4) Analyse techniques and identify impact.
5) Produce evidence to support your line of thought. (Quote)
7) Write effectively to make your argument clear. (structure)
8) Be technically accurate. (Punctuation/spelling)
Clear introduction with 5 features:
1) Words of question – contrast and theme
2) Text details – ‘War Photographer’ by Carol Ann Duffy
3) Theme(s) – impact of war and how this varies depending on who you are and where you live.
4) Techniques – form, setting, imagery, character, tone…
5) Personal response – thought provoking, harrowing, disturbing, memorable…
Choose a poem in which contrast is important in developing theme.Explore the poet’s use of contrast and show why it is important in developing a key theme of the poem.
A poem in which contrast is important in developing theme is Carol Ann Duffy’s disturbing poem ‘War Photographer’. This is a poem about the impact of war as seen through the eyes of a war correspondent. As the photographer develops the images in his darkroom he reflects on what he has witnessed. Duffy uses contrasting settings, imagery, sentence structure and perspectives to examine the human cost of conflict. This was a thought provoking poem which made me appreciate the consequences of living and working in a war zone.
At the opening of the poem we discover the protagonist of the poem is ‘In his darkroom’ where ‘he is finally alone’. The emphasis on ‘finally alone’ highlights that he is glad to be in the safety and solitude of his workroom. This contrasts with the war zones of ‘Belfast. Beirut. Phnom Penh.’ Which were all areas of severe conflict, terror and noise. On one hand his ‘darkroom’ is described ‘as a church and he a priest preparing to intone a Mass’. This religious reference highlights the peace in his ‘darkroom’ and also the important role that his occupation plays in presenting the truth to society. On the other hand the ‘darkroom’ contains ‘spools of suffering set out in ordered rows’. This image of pain reminds us of a funeral mass and emphasises that the photographer’s job is to record and report on the deaths that war brings. By using the contrast between the ‘darkroom’ and the war zones Duffy reveals that the War Photographer is in a dark place mentally and this is exposed as the poem progresses. (200 words)
There was a ‘young’ teacher at school (a)
Who had a very important rule (a)
If you were caught chewing gum (b)
She would contact your mum (b)
And then you would look like a fool! (a)
For example juxtaposition of war zones with the ‘darkroom’.