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Evaluate and Compare Ideas in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens and 'The Prelude' by William Wordsworth

In this worksheet, students will compare the ideas expressed in both 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude' and evaluate their effectiveness.

'Evaluate and Compare Ideas in 'The Emigree' by Carol Rumens and 'The Prelude' by William Wordsworth' 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 and 'The Prelude' by William Wordsworth. Both of these poems can be found in the Power and Conflict section of your Anthology.

 

 

suitcasewooden boat with paddles

 

 

Both 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude' describe the effect that power can have on people. 'The Emigree' describes the power that people can have, whereas The Prelude explores the power of nature. Both poems look at power through a child's perspective.

 

The poems focus on the main themes of power, nature, conflict and regret.

 

In the following questions, you will compare and evaluate the ideas expressed in both poems.

 

 

aeroplane

 

In order to identify and compare the ideas in 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude', we need to understand the meaning of both poems.

 

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

boat

 

Now read the poem 'The Prelude' and match the questions to the answers below.

Column A

Column B

What season is it in the poem?
He feels insignificant and small compared to the p...
How does the narrator get the boat?
He steals it
How does he feel when he first sets out in the boa...
Summer
What happens to frighten him?
He sees a huge mountain
How does the narrator feel at the end of the poem?
He feels confident and powerful

Both 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude' use strong language to describe the power of nature.

 

In 'The Emigree', language is used to describe how the narrator remembers her home country as a place of sunlight.

 

 

Leaves and sunlight

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Which ones relate to sunlight, and which ones do not?

 Words associated with SunlightWords NOT associated with Sunlight
Sunlight-clear
November
Bright
Passport
White
Shining
Mildest
Country

'The Prelude' also uses strong language to explore the power of nature.

 

The poet uses juxtaposition to contrast the emotions of the narrator before and after he has seen the mountain.

 

Juxtaposition = two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

 

mountain

 

The two quotations below create the opposite effect. Match them to their meaning.

Column A

Column B

"Like one who rows, proud of his skill"
The narrator is frightened of the power of nature ...
"With trembling oars I turned"
The narrator feels confident that he is in power o...

Both poems explore the idea of memory and how they can last long after an event.

 

In 'The Emigree', the poet uses a metaphor to describe how she cannot forget her country.

 

 

sunny field

 

Read the following quotations from 'The Emigree'. Choose one which you think creates the idea that the narrator cannot forget.

 

"The white streets of that city..."

"I am branded by an impression of sunlight..."

"I have no passport..."

"They accuse me of being dark..."

'The Prelude' also explores the idea of memory, as the narrator is unable to forget the horrible incident on the lake.

 

 

water waves

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Prelude'. Choose one that you think is an example of memory.

 

"She was an elfin pinnace"

"Went heaving through the water...."

"Were a trouble to my dreams"

Both poems explore the idea of being scared by something more powerful.

 

In 'The Emigree', the narrator is scared of the war and the powerful army. In 'The Prelude', the narrator is scared by the power of nature.

 

tank

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Which ones relate to the power of man, and which ones do not?

 Words associated with the power of manWords NOT associated with the power of man
War
Sunlight
Tyrants
Tanks
Frontiers
Bright
Banned
Coloured

Think about the idea of scared, explored in the last question. Read the following quotation:

 

"It may be at war, it may be sick with tyrants".

 

 

tank

 

What is the effect of this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

'The Prelude' also creates the idea of being scared when he is faced with the mountain.

 

 

mountain

 

The following quotations are all from 'The Prelude'. Choose one which you think supports the idea of being scared.

 

"A huge peak, black and huge"

"Towered up between me..."

"...And measured motion"

Now, let's try a comparison of these two poems. Read the following quotations and compare how they both create the idea of being scared.

 

"As time rolls its tanks"

 

"I struck and struck again"

 

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.​

  • Question 1

aeroplane

 

In order to identify and compare the ideas in 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude', we need to understand the meaning of both poems.

 

Read the poem 'The Emigree' 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 terrible place full of war and destruction.
  • Question 2

boat

 

Now read the poem 'The Prelude' and match the questions to the answers below.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

What season is it in the poem?
Summer
How does the narrator get the boa...
He steals it
How does he feel when he first se...
He feels confident and powerful
What happens to frighten him?
He sees a huge mountain
How does the narrator feel at the...
He feels insignificant and small ...
EDDIE SAYS
The poem 'The Prelude' explores the idea of man vs nature - in which nature is always the winner! The poem starts with the narrator feeling confident as he rows out into the middle of the lake and finishes with him feeling scared and traumatised when he realises that nature is more dangerous and powerful than he is.
  • Question 3

Both 'The Emigree' and 'The Prelude' use strong language to describe the power of nature.

 

In 'The Emigree', language is used to describe how the narrator remembers her home country as a place of sunlight.

 

 

Leaves and sunlight

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Which ones relate to sunlight, and which ones do not?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Words associated with SunlightWords NOT associated with Sunlight
Sunlight-clear
November
Bright
Passport
White
Shining
Mildest
Country
EDDIE SAYS
The narrator emphasises throughout the poem that her home country is a place that she always remembers as being bright and sunny. In fact, she repeats the word "sunlight" four times in the poem! She uses this imagery as a contrast to the darker description of the country that she has emigrated to.
  • Question 4

'The Prelude' also uses strong language to explore the power of nature.

 

The poet uses juxtaposition to contrast the emotions of the narrator before and after he has seen the mountain.

 

Juxtaposition = two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect.

 

mountain

 

The two quotations below create the opposite effect. Match them to their meaning.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

"Like one who rows, proud of his ...
The narrator feels confident that...
"With trembling oars I turned"
The narrator is frightened of the...
EDDIE SAYS
These quotations reflect the speaker’s confidence and possible arrogance and excitement at the start of the poem. He feels powerful and strong as he rows out into the lake. This juxtaposes with language later in the poem when the power of nature is realised and the narrator is faced with a huge mountain. He feels extremely small compared to the "huge" mountain.
  • Question 5

Both poems explore the idea of memory and how they can last long after an event.

 

In 'The Emigree', the poet uses a metaphor to describe how she cannot forget her country.

 

 

sunny field

 

Read the following quotations from 'The Emigree'. Choose one which you think creates the idea that the narrator cannot forget.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"I am branded by an impression of sunlight..."
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "I am branded by an impression of sunlight" creates the idea that the narrator will forever be haunted by memories of her city. The word "branded" is a sign of being owned, a mark that cannot disappear. It suggests that no matter what time passes, the narrator will always think about the country that she had to leave behind.
  • Question 6

'The Prelude' also explores the idea of memory, as the narrator is unable to forget the horrible incident on the lake.

 

 

water waves

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Prelude'. Choose one that you think is an example of memory.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"Were a trouble to my dreams"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "Were a trouble to my dreams" creates the idea that after the event has happened, the narrator cannot forget how scared he was by the mountain. In fact, he is even having nightmares about the memory and is struggling to continue with his everyday life.
  • Question 7

Both poems explore the idea of being scared by something more powerful.

 

In 'The Emigree', the narrator is scared of the war and the powerful army. In 'The Prelude', the narrator is scared by the power of nature.

 

tank

 

 

The following quotations are all from the poem 'The Emigree'. Which ones relate to the power of man, and which ones do not?

CORRECT ANSWER
 Words associated with the power of manWords NOT associated with the power of man
War
Sunlight
Tyrants
Tanks
Frontiers
Bright
Banned
Coloured
EDDIE SAYS
Throughout the poem, the narrator uses language to explain that she didn't leave the country of her own free will. There are many references to war and the powerful "state" that now runs her country. The reader is given the impression that her home country is now under a powerful rule and it would be dangerous for her to return.
  • Question 8

Think about the idea of scared, explored in the last question. Read the following quotation:

 

"It may be at war, it may be sick with tyrants".

 

 

tank

 

What is the effect of this quotation?

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: The narrator creates the idea that her country and people were scared of a powerful army, which has now ruined her country. She uses personification to explain how "it may be at war, it may be sick with tyrants" which suggests that her country was weak and vulnerable and no match for the more powerful source. The poet creates sympathy here for all people who have had to leave their countries due to war.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one point (AQA recommends that a student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 6.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation.
The paragraph should include a quotation, language technique and some evaluation.

  • Question 9

'The Prelude' also creates the idea of being scared when he is faced with the mountain.

 

 

mountain

 

The following quotations are all from 'The Prelude'. Choose one which you think supports the idea of being scared.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
"A huge peak, black and huge"
EDDIE SAYS
The quotation "A huge peak, black and huge" is an example of repetition as it repeats the word "huge". This is to emphasise how the narrator feels scared when he gets closer to the mountain. He is shocked by the size of the mountain and cannot believe how big it is.
  • Question 10

Now, let's try a comparison of these two poems. Read the following quotations and compare how they both create the idea of being scared.

 

"As time rolls its tanks"

 

"I struck and struck again"

 

 

For this question, you will have to write your answer using the PEE format - Make a point, give an example, explain with deeper detail.​

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Example answer: Both poems create the idea of being scared through the exploration of the power of man and the power of nature. In 'The Emigree', the poet uses personification to describe how "time rolls its tanks" which suggests that "time" is a person who is in control of how long the war lasts and keeps her from her country. Similarly, in 'The Prelude' the poet uses the repetition of "I struck and struck again" to show how panicked the narrator feels when he is faced with the power of nature in the form of the mountain. Both poems create the impression that power can easily gain control of a person's life.

Although the whole of this question is marked out of 30, for this answer the student will only be making one comparison point (AQA recommends that the student makes 3 comparison points throughout the essay) so we will mark this answer out of 10.
In order to gain full marks on this question the student should have written an extended paragraph that follows the PEE structure.
You should find a point, an example and an explanation which links both poems together.
The paragraph should include quotations, language techniques and some evaluation.

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