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For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy and 'Remains' by Simon Armitage. Both poems can be found in your anthology.


Both poems contain powerful emotions, but what links them the most is that they are both told from the perspective of someone not involved in the fighting, but still facing the consequences of it.



The main themes running throughout the poems are grief, war, loss, memory, innocence, and violence.

In the following questions, you will look at the similarities between the two poems.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

10 questions
The quotations/text used in this exercise are from the copyrighted works of Carol Ann Duffy, ‘War Photographer’ and Simon Armitage, 'Remains'