Always wanted to practise your understanding of context in 'Climbing My Grandfather?
Well, you've come to the right place!
This activity is quite simple. We're going to be looking at the background of the poem, the themes that Waterhouse uses and how they link to the context of his life and background. Waterhouse (1958-2001) grew up in North-East England and was very passionate about the environment. He struggled with depression for most of his life and, sadly, took his own life in 2001. Waterhouse, alongside poetry, was a musician, teacher and wrote for environmental journals.
As you do this activity, jot down some important facts that you notice along the way. It'll be really helpful for your exam, and your general knowledge.
Just a reminder: context is the background, environment and setting of a poem.
You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.