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Describe and explain two examples of imagery in ‘Kamikaze’.

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The poem mentions fishing boats, different types of fish, the 'green-blue translucent sea', the shore, pebbles, 'the turbulent inrush of breakers', 'salt-sodden', 'awash'. The pilot remembers details of the games he played with his brothers, the colours and patterns of the fish and the taste of the sea salt. These vivid memories suggest what he is about to lose and conveys a powerful sense of home-sickness.


An individual metaphor appears: 'a tuna, the dark prince - this could signify either the danger or nature or the Japanese Army.



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