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Ciarán Carson Writing Styles in The War Correspondent

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The seven poems that make up “The War Correspondent” contain a wide variety of form and structure. In “Gallipoli,” the entire ten stanzas, each consisting of five lines, consist of a single sentence. Most of the stanzas end in semi-colons; one ends in a dash, and one with a comma; the only period comes after the last word. The most noticeable poetic device in this poem is the rhyme scheme, which operates in units of two stanzas. The stanzas do not for the most part contain end rhymes within themselves. (An end rhyme occurs at the end of a line of verse.) Instead, for example, line 1 of stanza 1 (“Billingsgate”) rhymes with line 1 of stanza 2 (“estate”), line 2 in stanza 1 (“fish”) rhymes with line 2 in stanza 2 (“dish”), and so on. Stanzas 3 and 4 follow this same structure, although there...

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