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Compare Content in 'The Prelude' and Other Poems

In this worksheet, students will compare 'The Prelude' with other poems. The worksheet will allow the student to begin practising forming content-based links between poems.

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Want to begin to revise your comparative skills between Extract from 'The Prelude' and other poems?

 

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In this activity, we will be jogging your memory by comparing the content of Extract from 'The Prelude' with the poems you best see fit, out of the options you get given. 

 

Before we begin, here's a quick list of the key content you could talk about and use to compare with other poems:

 

 

Power

Nature

Solitude

Sexuality

Personification and metaphors

Enjambment

 

 

You can definitely think of any other themes you think Blake uses, as long as you have the evidence to show that it is a recurring topic in the poem!

 

Remember: take your time, as there's no rush and make sure to jot down any explanations which you find helpful!

What one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Think about the theme of nature's power.

 

'My Last Duchess'

'Remains'

'Storm on the island'

'London'

Which one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

Think about the theme of solitude.

 

'Ozymandias'

'Kamikaze'

'Checking Out Me History'

'Exposure'

What one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Hint: think about a semantic field of sexuality.

 

'The Emigree'

'Bayonet Charge'

'Checking Out Me History'

'My Last Duchess'

Which one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

Think about the theme of memory.

 

'Exposure'

'Storm on the Island'

'Charge of the Light Brigade'

'The Emigree'

Which two poems, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Hint: Think about the theme of nature.

 

There are two right answers.

'London'

'Kamikaze'

'Bayonet Charge'

'My Last Duchess'

'Exposure'

'War Photographer'

Link the ideas in each poem which you think match up best with Extract from 'The Prelude'

 

Hint: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

 'Exposure''Ozymandias''Poppies''Storm on The Island'
Personification
Theme of nature
Theme of solitude
Theme of memory

Link the ideas in each poem which you think matches up best with Extract from 'The Prelude'.

 Sexual imageryEnjambmentTheme of imagination
The Emigree
My Last Duchess
Kamikaze

Link Extract from 'The Prelude' to one other poem, in the cluster, which depicts the power of memory and imagination.

 

'Remains'

'Kamikaze'

'Ozymandias'

'Storm on the island'

Pick the one option which you think expresses how Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure' could be compared.

 

 

Pick the answer which you think best shows the similarity between the two poems

Both poems include a semantic field of sexuality

Both poems use the technique of caesura to emphasise the power of nature

Both poems use personification to emphasise the power of nature

Last question! 

 

Tick the five poems that you think are the easiest to compare to  Extract from 'The Prelude'.

 

Hint: Think about if these poems show similar ideas to Blake's poem.

 

Think about power, nature, solitude and memory/imagination.

'Ozymandias'

'Charge of the Light Brigade'

'Storm on the island'

'Bayonet Charge'

'The Emigree'

'Exposure'

'War Photographer'

'Remains'

  • Question 1

What one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Think about the theme of nature's power.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Storm on the island'
EDDIE SAYS
If we are considering the theme of nature's power, the poem 'Storm on the Island' links in really well, considering nature (and it's power) is a recurring theme in it. Think about how both poems present nature's power. In 'The Prelude', nature is personified, which consequently gives it power. In 'Storm on the Island', Heaney uses the technique of irony, which gives nature power due to the dramatic contrast between peace and chaos (for example, the juxtaposition of the phrase "exploding comfortably").
  • Question 2

Which one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

Think about the theme of solitude.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Ozymandias'
EDDIE SAYS
'Ozymandias' and Extract from 'The Prelude' both subtly introduce the theme of solitude- the main characters in both poems (Ozymandias and Wordsworth) are both alone throughout the entire poem. This is true from the beginning to the end! How are the two poems different though? What about the form? The way the two poems differ in stanza length? What impact does this have on the overall content of the two poems?
  • Question 3

What one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Hint: think about a semantic field of sexuality.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'My Last Duchess'
EDDIE SAYS
Out of all the poems, Extract from 'The Prelude' compares best with 'My Last Duchess' when looking at the semantic field of sexuality. Try and find a few words/phrases in both poems that come under the semantic field of sexuality (eg; "lustily", "faint half-flush") and try to compare them. You could even point out how despite having a similar semantic field, the overall messages of the two poems differ.
  • Question 4

Which one poem, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

Think about the theme of memory.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'The Emigree'
EDDIE SAYS
'The Emigree' is similar to 'The Prelude' when we look at the theme of memory. Both speakers have a very powerful memory. In fact, maybe a bit too powerful as in both poems, the speaker's memories become imaginations.
  • Question 5

Which two poems, from the cluster, would you compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with?

 

 

Hint: Think about the theme of nature.

 

There are two right answers.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Kamikaze'
'Exposure'
EDDIE SAYS
The theme of nature is apparent in quite a few poems, however out of the list above, 'Kamikaze' and 'Exposure' are probably the most prominent. In all three poems, nature's power is highlighted. There is often a battle-like dynamic between man and nature- this is a big similarity between the poems Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure'!
  • Question 6

Link the ideas in each poem which you think match up best with Extract from 'The Prelude'

 

Hint: some of these ideas match with more than one poem in the table.

CORRECT ANSWER
 'Exposure''Ozymandias''Poppies''Storm on The Island'
Personification
Theme of nature
Theme of solitude
Theme of memory
EDDIE SAYS
Filling out tables like these will allow you to categorise which themes poems within the cluster share. Think about why and how these ideas/themes match up and what evidence you could pick to support the fact that the poems share the same themes/ideas. Think about how these themes/ideas are represented. How are they presented? How do they differ? What tone/language/devices are used?
  • Question 7

Link the ideas in each poem which you think matches up best with Extract from 'The Prelude'.

CORRECT ANSWER
 Sexual imageryEnjambmentTheme of imagination
The Emigree
My Last Duchess
Kamikaze
EDDIE SAYS
Filling out tables like these will allow you to categorise which themes poems within the cluster share. Think about why and how these ideas/themes match-up and what evidence you could pick to support the fact that the poems share the same themes/ideas. Think about how these themes/ideas are represented. How are they presented? How do they differ? What tone/language/devices are used?
  • Question 8

Link Extract from 'The Prelude' to one other poem, in the cluster, which depicts the power of memory and imagination.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
'Remains'
EDDIE SAYS
'Remains' described the haunting effects of memory- the speaker seems to imagine the man he killed reappearing in his dreams. Despite "drinks and drugs", his memory is too powerful to forget the incident and instead, he starts imagining new scenarios. This ties nicely with Extract from 'The Prelude', as both poems explore the idea of memory being active after an incident. In both poems, there seems to be a fine line between memory and imagination, which is blurred.
  • Question 9

Pick the one option which you think expresses how Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure' could be compared.

 

 

Pick the answer which you think best shows the similarity between the two poems

CORRECT ANSWER
Both poems use personification to emphasise the power of nature
EDDIE SAYS
Evaluating how the poet presents ideas is a crucial part of comparing poetry! Practice your skills of deducing how certain attitudes are presented similarly and differently and you'll soar in the comparison part of the exam. The poems are similar in their use of language techniques (such as personification) to express a common theme- the power of nature. However, the context of both poems differs massively.
  • Question 10

Last question! 

 

Tick the five poems that you think are the easiest to compare to  Extract from 'The Prelude'.

 

Hint: Think about if these poems show similar ideas to Blake's poem.

 

Think about power, nature, solitude and memory/imagination.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Ozymandias'
'Storm on the island'
'The Emigree'
'Exposure'
'Remains'
EDDIE SAYS
There are many different poems you could relate to Extract from 'The Prelude', so don't worry if you didn't choose the right ones. Remember, when comparing two poems, always look at how they are similar and different, giving evidence for each point you make (quotes). You can compare poems if they have similar language techniques and/or similar themes!
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