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Compare the Content in Both 'Kamikaze' and 'Poppies'

In this worksheet, students will identify the key themes in both 'Kamikaze' and 'Poppies' and explain the similarities between the two poems.

'Compare the Content in Both 'Kamikaze' and 'Poppies'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Kamikaze'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'Kamikaze' by Beatrice Garland and 'Poppies' by Jane Weir. Both poems can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your anthology.




Both poems highlight the effects that conflict can have on families and men who go to war. The poems use strong imagery to describe how families are destroyed by the end of the poem and will never be the same again. The sadness created in both poems shows the difficulty of internal conflict too. The pilot in 'Kamikaze', who struggles between his love for his country and his need to turn around, and the mother in 'Poppies', who longs to tell her son not to go to war, but also knows that she must allow him this freedom.

In the following questions, you will look further at the similarities between the two poems.


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

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