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Identify Key Themes in 'Climbing My Grandfather'

In this worksheet, students will identify and consider key themes in 'Climbing My Grandfather'.

'Identify Key Themes 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

Ready to revise some key themes in the poem 'Climbing My Grandfather'? You've come to the right place! 


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First, let's recap: 


Written by Andrew Waterhouse, the poem 'Climbing My Grandfather' uses extended metaphor as its main device. The speaker symbolically '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.


The setup of this activity will be quite straightforward. We will quote a line from the poem, and you will just identify the theme it presents.


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It will help if you write down whatever new or important information you learn along the way! 


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


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