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Analyse Language in 'Climbing My Grandfather'

In this worksheet, students will exercise their analysis of language in 'Climbing My Grandfather' (part of the Love and Relationships anthology).

'Analyse Language in 'Climbing My Grandfather'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Love and Relationships: 'Climbing My Grandfather'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Want to practice your language analysis in 'Climbing My Grandfather'?


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Good! You've come to the right place. All you need to do is refer to the poem 'Climbing My Grandfather' in your anthology! 


To quickly recap: Written by Andrew Waterhouse, the poem uses extended metaphor as its main device. The speaker 'climbs' his grandfather, getting to know him better.


In this somewhat nostalgic poem about an imposing grandfather and childhood memories, Waterhouse uses the imagery and symbolism of mountaineering to showcase a close relationship between the speaker and his grandfather.


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Take notes as you do this activity. It'll definitely help you absorb more information if you're writing all the new things you learn alongside. Take your time and absorb the teacher's explanation. It's full of helpful gems!


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



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