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Analyse the Language in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens

In this worksheet, students will analyse the language devices used in the poem 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens. They will also gain an understanding of the wider context of the poem.

'Analyse the Language in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'The Emigree'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

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.





'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 caught up in 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 to analyse the language devices used in the poem.


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

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