The War Correspondent

(Note that analyses can vary widely, hence these annotations must only be used in conjunction with your own analyses).

Annotations of The War Correspondent by Ciaran Carson

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Summary of the poem:

NOTE! To my knowledge, the poet himself has reached out to the exam board concerning an error about one of the wars mentioned in Edexcel’s guide. I believe the poet said both parts of the poem refer to the Crimean War (as opposed to one being about WWII), but please check with your teacher as I’m not sure whether both are about WWII or the Crimean War.

Thanks!

Gallipoli (Turkey)

Tone: 3rd POV, narrative like someone is reporting the scene (that’s what correspondents do).

Summary: Set during WWI. The Gallipoli campaign is when the Allies tried to conquer Constantinople and docked on a beach, but due to lack of geographical knowledge they found themselves surrounded with mountains. A lot of casualties on both sides, but most loss for the Allies. The poem describes a myriad of cultures and races in an unpleasant setting; shows the effects of war on places.

Structure: ABCDE/ABCDE for every two stanza. The actual poem is one sentence long — shows continuity, that war goes on. Long stanza may reflect the chaotic atmosphere.

Devices used: Repetition of  ‘take’, sensory detail, contrast between ethnicities (suggests war?),

Balaclava (Ukraine)

Tone: 3rd POV, narrative like someone is reporting the scene (that’s what correspondents do).

Summary: Set during the Crimean war.

Structure: Each stanza mirrors the other in term of rhyme scheme, again in twos.

Devices used: contrast (between the living and the dead)

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