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Identify Key Themes in 'The Prelude'

In this worksheet, students will learn about the key themes in 'The Prelude'.

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Want to revise some key themes in Extract from 'The Prelude'?

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To quickly recap: Written by William Wordsworth, the speaker (who is Wordsworth, himself) describes his relationship with nature, depicting how it has changed over the years. A past sublime experience is described (this refers to an awe-inspiringly grand experience- something large and amazing), which then causes the speaker's opinion on nature to change. In the case of this poem, Wordsworth's sublime experience evokes simultaneously a fear and awe of nature. The poem depicts a life-changing moment for Wordsworth, where he experiences his transformation from boy to man, after witnessing the power of nature.

The activity set-up will be quite straightforward. You'll get a quote- just identify the theme that you think is being presented.

It'll 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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