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Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Key Themes in the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy

In this worksheet, students will examine how the key themes are presented, and evaluate their effectiveness, in the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy.

'Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Key Themes in the poem 'War Photographer' by Carol Ann Duffy' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

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 Anne Duffy, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of 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 harms way to get the photos they are after.


The poem focuses on two main themes:

The horror of war.

Our lack of care for the people suffering in these wars.

In the following questions, you will be asked to think about how the writer presents these key themes and evaluate their effectiveness.


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

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