Flashcards in Kamikaze Deck (44)
What is an example of dark imagery in the poem?
"...a tuna, the dark prince, muscular, dangerous"
What does the quotation "...a tuna, the dark prince, muscular, dangerous" hint about nature?
That there is a more powerful, even predatory side of nature, and perhaps the darker end to the poem.
How is there Irony in the poem?
The pilot returns alive, though he has still suffered a death of sorts.
What techniques are used to bring out the irony in the poem?
Give an example of Imagery used to bring out the irony in the poem:
"And he remembered how he / and his brothers waiting on the shore / built cairns of pearl-grey pebbles"
The contrast between this innocent image and the pilot's fate creates a tone of sadness.
Give an example of how a simile is used to bring out the irony in the poem:
"Strung out like bunting"
Positive image with connotations of celebration - ironic considering what the pilot is about to do.
What could the simile "strung out like bunting" symbolise?
Life and joy and acts as a reminder to the pilot of what he is leaving behind. This makes his fate even more tragic
What could the enjambment in the poem reflect (when the pilot is looking back at memories)?
It could reflect the way the pilot was caught up in those memories as he was looking down
What does the use of aside hint about family emotions?
The aside used in "yes, grandfather's boat) hints at the complexity of family emotions, how the speaker now feels free to speak about her father.
The italics could potentially show her excitement at being able to mention his name.
Give an example of a quotation that helps us empathise with the pilot's decision:
"Green-blue translucent sea"
Highlights the beauty of the world and everything the pilot stands to loose.
What poems could you compare to Kamikaze on the theme of the power of nature?
Storm on the Island
What poems could you compare to Kamikaze on the theme of the power of society?
What poems could you compare to Kamikaze on the theme of conflicting emotions?