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Compare Language in Extract from 'The Prelude' and other Poems

In this worksheet, students will exercise their language comparison skills between 'The Prelude' and other poems.

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Want to compare your language comparison skills in Extract from 'The Prelude'​ and other poems in your 'Power and Conflict'?


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Well, you've come to the right place. In this activity, you'll practise comparing the way poets use language to convey similar and contrasting attitudes and ideas. 


In your exam, you'll do really well to compare the way that poets use language to present their attitudes. You'll do even better if you can compare the way they use language to show different/similar attitudes and ideas. You'll do the best if you can compare the language that is used and how it's used.


Here's an example of some good language comparison:


In Extract from 'The Prelude', Wordsworth uses the technique of personification to highlight the power of nature. For example, the quote "and growing still in stature the grim shape" emphasises the power of nature- the speaker believes the mountain is alive because of his fear. In fact, the mountain seems to be growing into something monstrous. Similarly, in the poem 'Exposure', Owen also uses the technique of personification in the quote "pale flakes with fingering stealth come feeling for our faces". This further highlights nature's power and the harm it can cause. In both poems, nature is personified as something frightening and monstrous. More than this, nature seems to single out the speaker with the intention of inflicting pain and harm.


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

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