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For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'Kamikaze' by Beatrice Garland, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.



falling war planes


This poem tells the story of a kamikaze pilot who, unlike many of his comrades, turns back from his target and returns home.


The poem explores the moment that the pilot's decision is made and the consequences for him over the rest of his life. Not only is he shunned by his neighbors, but his wife refuses to speak to him or look him in the eye. His children, too, gradually learn that he is not to be spoken to and begin to isolate and reject him



In the following questions, you will be asked about the key quotations of the poem.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

10 questions
The quotations/text used in this exercise are from the copyrighted works of Beatrice Garland, 'Kamikaze'