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Analyse Language in 'The Prelude'

In this worksheet, students will be able to exercise their analysis of language in an extract from 'The Prelude' by William Wordsworth.

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Want to practise your language analysis in 'Extract from 'The Prelude'?


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Good! You've come to the right place. All you need to do is refer to the poem Extract from 'The Prelude' in your anthology! 


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 experience is described where the speaker has a sublime experience, which then causes the speaker's opinion on nature to change. In the case of this poem, Wordsworth's sublime experience is linked to fear and awe over nature. The poem depicts a life-changing moment for Wordsworth, where he experiences a change from boy to man, after witnessing the power of nature.



Take notes as you do this activity. It'll definitely help you absorb more information if you're writing all the new things you learn alongside. Take your time and absorb the teacher's explanation- it's full of helpful gems!


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

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