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Metaphor is at the heart of poetry Discuss with references to two poems that you have studied this year Hone Tuwhare is a distinguished NZ Maori poet He predominantly writes in free verse and uses strong colloquial language originating from his working class background Two of his more successful and well-known poems No Ordinary Sun and Bus Journey South are strong examples that exemplify the point that metaphor is at the heart of poetry The poem No Ordinary Sun is a poem about Tuwhares disapproval of nuclear testing and bombing He explains that if an atomic bomb were to strike it would result in the end of humankind The most obvious metaphor is the comparison between the sun and the atomic bomb This is an extended metaphor that exists throughout the entire poem The sun is also referred to as the radiant ball It is shown as being powerful and significant as it looks and rules over the world beneath it The trees illustrating mankind are told to bow down before the sun and to worship it as it is the creator of the world it reigns down on The trees are told your magic emanations shall not make pure again these polluted skies a reference to photosynthesis He explains to the reader that this is no ordinary sun and resistance to it seems futile In his final paragraph Tuwhare explains how powerful this atomic bomb is and how its power will shower the land in a white dust and how it will destroy everything all the way to the bottom of the sea ending mankinds period on earth Another poem where Hone Tuwhare uses extensive metaphors is the poem Bus journey south This poem has Tuwhare explaining his feelings as he travels on a bus as it drives through the South Island A metaphor he uses is the comparison between his ego and a Gulliver-size pebble The reason that Tuwhare feels
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