Kamikaze by Beatrice Garland (Feeling and attitudes- (Patriotism- opening…
Kamikaze by Beatrice Garland
Poem opens with pilot setting off his mission- specially trained Japanese Pilots used in WW2 flying suicide missions into enemy ships. It was seen as a great honour. Pilot different complete his mission- daughter imagines that this was because on the way he saw the beauty of nature and remembered his innocent childhood. pilot was shunned by family and freinds
Narrated in third person- using reported speech of the pilots daughter. The absence of pilots voice shows he's been cut off from society
Distance between pilot and his daughter
Five stanzas form one sentence- covers account of pilots flight as daughter imagines it.
End of sentence represents the plane landing.
Final two stanzas deal with the fallout of the pilots actions.
Ironic reminders of how pilots abandoned his mission. The way he is treated is ironic because they act as if he's dead even though he chose not to die.
"at the little fishing boats strung out like bunting"- pilot should have been aiming for big enemy ships. Simile- bunting associated with celebration.
Similes, metaphors and detailed descriptions- used to emphasise beauty and power of nature. "on a green-blue translucent sea" "like a huge flag waved first one way"- symbol of national identity simile flags can be used to stop something. "loose silver of whitebait" "a tuna the dark prince"- colours make natural sound precious.
Makes poem seem more personal. hearing daughters voice emphasise the impact of war on a specific family. "yes grandfathers boat" - interjection of direct speech sounds like she is answering a question from her children
Feeling and attitudes-
Patriotism- opening stanza full of patriotic pride and duty- he has failed his duty to his nation.
Shame- reaction of the pilots wife is one of deep
Shame- never speaks again
Regret- daughters works in final stanza tinged with a sense of regret and loss. Repetition in lines 9 and 41 "he must have" also hints at her empathy with the pilots