In one sentence, Belfast Confetti is about the horrors of war and how it can affect absolutely everyone in a range of different ways.
- To start with, the title is a contrast. Confetti is commonly used to help celebrate weddings and happiness, however in this poem it is used to describe the objects and rubble being thrown around by the rioters in the conflict.
- It plunges the reader straight into the action with the word 'suddenly'. It gives the feeling that the conflict is really hectic and that you do not get the chance to get used to things like this... war does not subside for anybody or anyone.
- It is ironic how Carson uses the list "Nuts, bolts, nails, car-keys''. Things like these are usually used to help keep things together, however in this instance it is being used to make explosives to blow things apart.
- There are lots of lists throughout, and these give the feeling that the conflict goes on for a long time.
- Both of the stanzas are of equal length, however there is a big difference between the two, as the first is used to describe the past and what has happened in the conflict, whereas the second stanza is in the present tense, telling us what is happening right now. That is also making it seem like the conflict has been going for a long while.
- The frequent use of enjambment throughout puts higher emphasis on singular important words, and this happens throughout.
- The fact that the streets of Belfast are being described as a labyrinth emphasises how scary the conflict comes across to the civilians. It could also be said that you don't often make it out of a labyrinth because of the horrible beast that lies within, and the same can be said for the streets of Belfast.
- The list of streets are all previous battles, which gets the idea across that absolutely everywhere is a battle, and there is no rest-bite to be had during the hardships of war
- There seems to be a bigger sense of panic in the second stanza, which you can see because of the increased amount of punctuation and lists, making it feel more disjointed.
- The whole poem is really just an extended metaphor for the way violent conflict destroys language.