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Identify and Explain the Key Quotes in the Poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens

In this worksheet, students will develop an understanding of the poem 'The Emigree' by identifying and explaining the key quotes.

'Identify and Explain the Key Quotes in the Poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'The Emigree'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens, which can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.

 

 

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'The Emigree' is a poem about a person who was forced to leave their home country and journey to foreign shores to be safe. The narrator looks back with affection at the land they once called home, but which is now possibly run by a tyrant or in a state of war.

 

This poem focuses on the mind and memory of the speaker who had to flee danger as a child. In their imagination, their former city is still lit with sunlight - a motif for optimism and happiness.

 

In the following questions, you will be asked about the key quotations of the poem.

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In order to identify the key quotations in 'The Emigree', we need to understand the meaning of the poem. Read the poem and match the questions to the answers below:

Column A

Column B

When did the narrator leave her home country?
It is at war and ruled by tyrants
What is wrong with the country she left behind?
When she was a child
Why can't the narrator go back to her country?
She looks back on it with affection and feels bad ...
How does the narrator feel about her country?
It is at war and she has no passport

Now that you have read the poem 'The Emigree', choose one of these summaries which you think best explains the poem.

 

The poem is about the happiness that people feel when they get to move to a new country

The poem discusses the sadness of people who are forced to leave their home countries due to conflict

The poem describes the differences between the landscape and cultures of different countries

An emigre(e) is a person who has left his or her country and has settled in another, usually for political reasons.

 

 

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What is the narrator's attitude in the poem?

 

Upset

Positive

Afraid

Relieved

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What are the narrator's memories an example of?

 

Forgetfulness

Celebration

Nostalgia

Delusion

Throughout the poem 'The Emigree', the speaker relates many things to "sunlight".

 

 

 

sunlight

 

 

The words below are all taken from the poem. Which words are associated with sunlight and which are not?

 Words associated with sunlightWords NOT associated with sunlight
Clear
Country
Paperweight
City
Branded
White
Sunlight
Coloured
Shining

Read the following quotation from the poem 'The Emigree',

 

"...my memory of it is sunlight-clear"

 

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What do you think is the meaning of this key quotation?

 

The narrator remembers her country as being sunny and warm

The narrator is certain about what she remembers from her home country

The narrator feels blinded by the sunlight

The narrator believes that her home country has been destroyed by the people who now control it.

 

 

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Read the following quotation and underline the word that tells us the state of her home country.

\"...it may be sick with tyrants...\"

The poet explains to the reader that although she would love to go back to her country, she is no longer able to.

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Choose one quotation that you would use to support the point above.

 

"It lies down in front of me"

"There’s no way back at all"

"They accuse me of absence"

"My city hides behind me"

The narrator remembers the country she left as being very beautiful, despite how people now describe it.

 

 

beautiful country

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree' and underline two words which you think shows the beauty of her country.

\"The white streets of that city, the graceful slopes\"

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree',

 

"It may by now be a lie, banned by the state"

 

sunlight

 

What is the narrator suggesting here? Choose one explanation from below.

 

The new government deny her existence

She cannot trust her memory

The language she once spoke has been banned

Her memories are so clear she can taste them

  • Question 1

aeroplane

 

 

In order to identify the key quotations in 'The Emigree', we need to understand the meaning of the poem. Read the poem and match the questions to the answers below:

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

When did the narrator leave her h...
When she was a child
What is wrong with the country sh...
It is at war and ruled by tyrants
Why can't the narrator go back to...
It is at war and she has no passp...
How does the narrator feel about ...
She looks back on it with affecti...
EDDIE SAYS
This poem has a deep sense of conflict in terms of emotions and memory, the poet is torn between her childhood memory, which is of a country she loved, and her adult understanding of what her country is like now. She cannot believe that her county is now a broken place destructed by war.
  • Question 2

Now that you have read the poem 'The Emigree', choose one of these summaries which you think best explains the poem.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The poem discusses the sadness of people who are forced to leave their home countries due to conflict
EDDIE SAYS
The poem 'The Emigree' discusses the issue of emigration and how a person might feel when they are forced to leave their home country. There is a lot of sadness in the poem when the narrator describes how she loves and misses the place she grew up in.
  • Question 3

An emigre(e) is a person who has left his or her country and has settled in another, usually for political reasons.

 

 

globe

 

 

What is the narrator's attitude in the poem?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Positive
EDDIE SAYS
The narrator remains positive throughout the poem, despite references to war, invasion and rejection. The narrator's love for her city stays strong and positive no matter what happens. There is repeated reference to sunlight, which shows that her memories are positive.
  • Question 4

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What are the narrator's memories an example of?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Nostalgia
EDDIE SAYS
The narrator is nostalgic, which means there is a great longing or affection for a period in the past. The narrator seems to yearn for her city and the past.
  • Question 5

Throughout the poem 'The Emigree', the speaker relates many things to "sunlight".

 

 

 

sunlight

 

 

The words below are all taken from the poem. Which words are associated with sunlight and which are not?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Words associated with sunlightWords NOT associated with sunlight
Clear
Country
Paperweight
City
Branded
White
Sunlight
Coloured
Shining
EDDIE SAYS
Throughout the poem, the narrator uses words to describe her country that are all associated with sunlight and clarity. The poet does this in order to create the impression that the narrator's memories are very clear, despite not seeing her country for a long time.
  • Question 6

Read the following quotation from the poem 'The Emigree',

 

"...my memory of it is sunlight-clear"

 

street map

 

What do you think is the meaning of this key quotation?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The narrator is certain about what she remembers from her home country
EDDIE SAYS
The narrator uses a metaphor to describe how clear her memories are. She wants the reader to know that her country was a good place and not the terrible place which is now shown by the media.
  • Question 7

The narrator believes that her home country has been destroyed by the people who now control it.

 

 

tank

 

 

Read the following quotation and underline the word that tells us the state of her home country.

CORRECT ANSWER
"...it may be sick with tyrants..."
EDDIE SAYS
The narrator speaks of her country as though it were a person that she cares about. She uses personification to describe how her country is "sick" due to the war that is taking place. This also suggests that the people who are now in control of the country do not care about its well being.
  • Question 8

The poet explains to the reader that although she would love to go back to her country, she is no longer able to.

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Choose one quotation that you would use to support the point above.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"There’s no way back at all"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "There’s no way back at all" tells the reader that although the narrator would love to go back to her city, it's not possible. The phrase "at all" suggests that it is an impossibility.
  • Question 9

The narrator remembers the country she left as being very beautiful, despite how people now describe it.

 

 

beautiful country

 

 

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree' and underline two words which you think shows the beauty of her country.

CORRECT ANSWER
"The white streets of that city, the graceful slopes"
EDDIE SAYS
The poet uses the word "white" as it symbolises innocence and purity, which is how she views her country. The adjective "graceful" means grace and elegance, which again creates the impression that her country was beautiful.
  • Question 10

Read the following quotation from 'The Emigree',

 

"It may by now be a lie, banned by the state"

 

sunlight

 

What is the narrator suggesting here? Choose one explanation from below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The language she once spoke has been banned
EDDIE SAYS
There is a suggestion that the language she spoke as a child has been banned. She may no longer remember how to speak the language, but she can still remember speaking it. Great focus, that's another activity completed!
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