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Explore How the Key Themes Develop in the Poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy

In this worksheet, students will undertake an exploration of how the key themes develop in the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy.

'Explore How the Key Themes Develop in the Poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Poetry, Poetry Anthology Collections

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'War Photographer' Conflict: 'War Photographer'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy, which can be found in your anthology.


The poem is written about a war photographer who has returned home and is developing his photos. The process of developing old-style film photos is rather unusual for many to understand today. Old style film is very sensitive to light, so it must be done in a dark room lit with a red light. War photographers do a very dangerous job, many are killed and injured as they must get in harm's way to get the photos they are after.



The poem focuses on two main themes:


The horror of war

ur lack of care for the people suffering in these wars

In the following questions, you will be asked about how these themes develop throughout the poem.


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

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