In the poems Remember by Christina Rosetti and the poem War photographer by Carol Ann Duffy the theme of death is explored and received both warmly and sadly which creates a wonderful contrast between the positive and negative prospect of it. The poems are touching as they both release a feeling of sorrowful sensation suggesting their subject but give us different viewpoints which we can relate to. This essay is going to discus primary the distinction between the two poems that hold on the same matter.
The poem War Photographer discusses the theme of death from the perspective of modern warfare. In the poem we are introduced to a photographer who develops the pictures he had taken from the war thus provoking his thoughts and feelings ‘he remembers the cries of this man’s wife’ looking at the suffering they portray ‘spools of suffering set out in ordered rows’ and the ignorance with which they are met by the median reader ‘the reader’s eyeballs prick with tears between the bath and pre-lunch beers’. The other poem Remember talks about the prospect of death from the viewpoint of someone who projects her probable death ‘gone far away into the silent land’ and the impact this would have on the life of her beloved one ‘it will be late to counsel then or pray’. While primarily concerned with the theme of remembering after loss, the author precludes the possibility of her lover forgetting her ‘yet if you should forget me for a while’ and comforts him about the propriety of it ‘do not grieve’. The poems seem to address a similar issue. In the first one death is looked at negatively with no outcome but sheer ignorance, while the second is seen more brightly as a natural thing after which life goes on and even as something that can be forgotten. The difference is that War Photographer introduces death as something brutal inhuman phenomenon that people should be more concerned with while Remember presents anticipated loss through the eyes of the one to survive....
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