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What do you think the
title of this poem will
be?
LO: To explore the themes of conflict
and power in ‘Kamikaze’.
Kamikaze pilots were Japanese volunteers who
offered to give their lives to destroy the enemy
(in short a WW2 suicide bomb...
1. A soldier must make loyalty his obligation.
2. A soldier must make propriety his way of
life.
3. A soldier must highly ...
Click the pic for a reading
What is the poem about?
• A kamikaze pilot
• Flying on his mission during WW2
• Recounts images of natural beauty
• Change...
Structure
• 7 regular stanzas – reflects strict routine of
military
• Free verse – creates a serious tone.
Represents the ...
Her father embarked at sunrise
with a flask of water, a samurai sword
in the cockpit, a shaven head
full of powerful incan...
but half way there, she thought,
recounting it later to her children,
he must have looked far down
at the little fishing b...
and beneath them, arcing in swathes
like a huge flag waved first one way
then the other in a figure of eight,
the dark sho...
and remembered how he
and his brothers waiting on the shore
built cairns of pearl-grey pebbles
to see whose withstood long...
– yes, grandfather’s boat – safe
to the shore, salt-sodden, awash
with cloud-marked mackerel,
black crabs, feathery prawns...
And though he came back
my mother never spoke again
in his presence, nor did she meet his eyes
and the neighbours too, the...
till gradually we too learned
to be silent, to live as though
he had never returned, that this
was no longer the father we...
Now you know the poem, on the piece of A4 in
front of you, I want you to comment on one of
the central themes in the poem....
1. Conflict
2. Death
3. Power
4. (Your own theme!)
How does the writer present your chosen theme?
(Consider the use of poe...
Make your A4 into a paper aeroplane!
I will be picking people at random to read what
is on their aeroplane.
Get ready to add ideas /annotations to your
copy of...
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Kamikaze --beatrice-garland

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Kamikaze --beatrice-garland

  1. 1. What do you think the title of this poem will be?
  2. 2. LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’.
  3. 3. Kamikaze pilots were Japanese volunteers who offered to give their lives to destroy the enemy (in short a WW2 suicide bomber). 1. Why would these pilots volunteer/agree to take their own lives? 2. What do you think will be the content of the poem, based on your knowledge?
  4. 4. 1. A soldier must make loyalty his obligation. 2. A soldier must make propriety his way of life. 3. A soldier must highly esteem military valour. 4. A soldier must have a high regard for righteousness. 5. A soldier must live a simple life. It is an ancient Samurai ritual to commit suicide if you dishonoured yourself or your country – this is called Seppuku. Seppuku involved taking a knife or sword and stabbing yourself in the stomach, disembowelling yourself in the process. (This occurred in WW2, soldiers would rather kill themselves than be captured if the battle was lost)
  5. 5. Click the pic for a reading
  6. 6. What is the poem about? • A kamikaze pilot • Flying on his mission during WW2 • Recounts images of natural beauty • Changes his mind – returns home where everyone is ashamed
  7. 7. Structure • 7 regular stanzas – reflects strict routine of military • Free verse – creates a serious tone. Represents the lack of freedom the pilot has in his mission. • Enjambment – The poem flows quite rapidly and represents the movement of a kamikaze plane as it flies downwards.
  8. 8. Her father embarked at sunrise with a flask of water, a samurai sword in the cockpit, a shaven head full of powerful incantations and enough fuel for a one-way journey into history LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Almost sounds pleasant / sense of achievement and pride at making history – They will never be forgotten K-pilots would carry a sword if they were captured – but to commit suicide “fall upon sword” Double meaning – gets on a plane / going on an adventure Part of a ritual to prepare themselves Implies death Soldiers shaved their heads as part of a ritual to demonstrate their readiness
  9. 9. but half way there, she thought, recounting it later to her children, he must have looked far down at the little fishing boats strung out like bunting on a green-blue translucent sea LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Change in tone here His experiences only interpreted by others – The pilot does not have a voice Simile – associated with celebrations – encourages him to consider what he may miss out on… Model verb “must” creates a bond between the pilot and narrator – shows sympathy
  10. 10. and beneath them, arcing in swathes like a huge flag waved first one way then the other in a figure of eight, the dark shoals of fishes flashing silver as their bellies swivelled towards the sun LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? “swivelled” recalls the fatal spiral pilots used to hit their targets Simile – “flag” – The pilot’s patriotism being questioned in this mission The narrator suggests that such natural beauty may have discouraged the pilot from completing his mission The repetition of ‘s’ and ‘f’ sounds create pace and could mimic the motion of the aircraft.
  11. 11. and remembered how he and his brothers waiting on the shore built cairns of pearl-grey pebbles to see whose withstood longest the turbulent inrush of breakers bringing their father’s boat safe LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Cairns – pile of stones/pebbles that acts as a memorial or (safety/direction for walkers) Returning home safely? Not applicable for this soldier. Reminder of the pilot’s childhood Lack of punctuation – the pilot recalls childhood memories which overtake his ability to complete his mission “turbulent” and “safe” – contrasting vocabulary show the turmoil and confusion of the pilot
  12. 12. – yes, grandfather’s boat – safe to the shore, salt-sodden, awash with cloud-marked mackerel, black crabs, feathery prawns, the loose silver of whitebait and once a tuna, the dark prince, muscular, dangerous. LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Why is this in italics? What is it talking about? Sibilance gives the effect of being read like a nursery rhyme – why is this significant? How does this stanza link to the theme of conflict? Unpredictable? How does this relate to the pilot? Alone, removed from the rest of the group. Why does the narrator highlight the natural beauty witnessed by the pilot?
  13. 13. And though he came back my mother never spoke again in his presence, nor did she meet his eyes and the neighbours too, they treated him as though he no longer existed, only we children still chattered and laughed LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Why are most of the last two stanzas in italics? Change of tone - What does the “And though” reveal? Why is it only the children will talk to the pilot? What is the conflict in this chapter? Tension – Is the mother embarrassed, disgusted by his actions? Ashamed
  14. 14. till gradually we too learned to be silent, to live as though he had never returned, that this was no longer the father we loved. And sometimes, she said, he must have wondered which had been the better way to die. LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? Last line: Huge impact! Would it have been better to kill himself in the war than to return to this life? What has happened here? Why has it happened? What is the deeper meaning / underlying theme? The modal verb ‘must’ creates a bond between the pilot and the narrator. There is a hint of desperation in the tone as though the narrator wants the reader to also show him mercy. Commas used to stop the poem on purpose – The children not speaking to the father anymore Tragic tone at the end
  15. 15. Now you know the poem, on the piece of A4 in front of you, I want you to comment on one of the central themes in the poem. Focus on one part of the poem and explain it in detail – pick out the imagery in the language and explain the effect on the reader. KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’.
  16. 16. 1. Conflict 2. Death 3. Power 4. (Your own theme!) How does the writer present your chosen theme? (Consider the use of poetic techniques and imagery included in the poem) USE QUOTES – EXPLAIN THEM! KQ: How does the poet approach the themes of power, conflict and death? LO: To explore the themes of conflict and power in ‘Kamikaze’.
  17. 17. Make your A4 into a paper aeroplane!
  18. 18. I will be picking people at random to read what is on their aeroplane. Get ready to add ideas /annotations to your copy of the poem.

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