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Compare and Evaluate the Effectiveness and Presentation of Ideas in Extract from 'The Prelude' and other Poems

In this worksheet, students will be able to practise their comparison and evaluation skills between 'The Prelude' and other poems. This worksheet contains a mix of activities and requires manual marking at the end. The marking criteria will be clearly detailed for your ease.

'Compare and Evaluate the Effectiveness and Presentation of Ideas in Extract from 'The Prelude' and other Poems' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   Eduqas, OCR

Curriculum topic:   Poetry 1789 to the Present Day, Poetry Across Time

Curriculum subtopic:   Excerpt from 'The Prelude', Conflict: 'Boat Stealing' (from 'The Prelude')

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Want to practise your comparative and evaluation skills between Extract from 'The Prelude' and other poems?

 

Thought bubble

 

Well, you've come to the right place because this activity will help you learn to compare and evaluate ideas/attitudes/themes at the same time. It requires some multitasking but you can do it!

 

It'll take some good deduction skills, as well as an understanding of the themes and ideas you want to discuss. You need to think about how the poet presents ideas differently/similarly in both poems. 

 

1. Make your point!

 

 In Extract from 'The Prelude', Wordsworth presents a semantic field of sexual language, using language such as "troubled pleasure", "dipped" and "lustily".

 

2. Link to another poem!

Similarly, in 'My Last Duchess', the speaker (the Duke) uses a semantic field of sexual language to incriminate the Duchess (that is, make the Duchess seem like a criminal). Language such as "blush", "half flush" and "passion" all have an unmistakable allusion towards sex. 

 

3. Compare!

Both poems use sexual language differently. In Wordsworth, the sexual language is used to emphasise the speaker's transition from boy to man, it's symbolic. The speaker, Wordsworth, may well be having sex with a girl, but what is more important is the idea that sex is indicative of change. In fact, the entire whole poem is about change, as Wordsworth discovers the importance and power of nature, he matures. However, in 'My Last Duchess', it's not the speaker who is having sexual thoughts or transitioning in any way. Instead, he is using sexual language to accuse the Duchess of cheating on him. 

 

4. Evaluate

Both 'My Last Duchess' and Extract from 'The Prelude' use sexual language to convey something deeper. In Wordsworth's case, the sexual language is metaphorical and conveys a change. In Browning, the Duke is using sexual language to convey his jealousy and anger towards the Duchess. 

 

A tip: it'll help to jot down any new/helpful advice you get given in this activity!

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure'.

 

 

Which feature would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the one correct number down. 

 

1. Personification

2. Use of plosive adjectives

3. Semantic field of sexuality

4. Possessive pronouns

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'My Last Duchess'

 

Which language technique would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the correct number.

 

1. Personification of nature

2. The power of nature

3. Metaphors and symbolism

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Kamikaze'.

 

Which feature/theme would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the correct number.

 

1. Theme of sex

2. Imagery of power

3. Personification of nature

4. War imagery

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Storm on the Island'.

 

Which feature would make the most sense to compare the two poems with?

 

Select the correct number.

 

1. Hopelessness of those without power

2. Present-continuous verbs and adverbs

3. The sinister, negative effect of nature

4. Motif of pride

 

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3

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Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure'.

 

Which idea would you use to compare these two poems?

 

The idea that both poems portray the power of nature

The idea that both poems present nature and transformation

The idea that both poems use metaphor to present nature as a positive force

The idea that both poems convey the power and monstrosity of nature through personification

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' to 'Storm on the Island' and 'Ozymandias'.

 

 

What themes, language/structural/form features and ideas does each poem have?

 

Some themes are shared between the three poems.

 'The Prelude''Ozymandias''Storm on the Island'
Personification
Metaphor/Symbolism
Irony
Simile
Personal Pronouns
Motif of Destruction
Motif of Isolation

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Tissue'.

 

What themes, language/structural/form features and ideas does each poem have?

 

Some of these are shared between the two poems.

 MetaphorSymbolismNatural ImageryTheme of IsolationPersonal PronounsAlliteration/Sibilance
'The Prelude'
'Tissue'

Pick three poems, out of the six options below, that you think would be best to compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with.

 

Consider the idea: the motif of power and corruption, and language techniques.

'Exposure'

'Poppies'

'Ozymandias'

'Bayonet Charge'

'Storm on the Island'

'My Last Duchess'

How do 'Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Storm on the Island' present the theme of powerlessness.

 

Write two sentences for how the theme is presented similarly. Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

How do 'Ozymandias' and Extract from 'The Prelude' present the speaker's relationship with nature?

 

 

Two sentences for how the theme is presented similarly (think about the devices both poems use). Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

 

Two sentences for how the theme is presented differently. Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

  • Question 1

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure'.

 

 

Which feature would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the one correct number down. 

 

1. Personification

2. Use of plosive adjectives

3. Semantic field of sexuality

4. Possessive pronouns

CORRECT ANSWER
1
EDDIE SAYS
Both 'Exposure' and 'The Prelude' personify nature to make it appear more intimidating.
  • Question 2

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'My Last Duchess'

 

Which language technique would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the correct number.

 

1. Personification of nature

2. The power of nature

3. Metaphors and symbolism

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
The correct answer is three as both poems use metaphors and symbolism to convey different attitudes and ideas. In 'My Last Duchess' there's frequent symbolism to demonstrate just how unpleasant and controlling the Duke is. From the symbolism of the painting of the Duchess, which represents the Duke's control over the dead Duchess, to the symbolic/metaphorical Neptune/sea-horse sculpture, which represents the Duke's treatment of the Duchess. Extract from 'The Prelude' also uses symbolism and metaphor. We have the symbolic "her" at the beginning of the poem, which could represent nature leading Wordsworth to his realisation and point of transcendence (the point where he realises his purpose). Similarly, there is also a frequent symbolism but in 'The Prelude' it alludes to sex and transformation.
  • Question 3

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Kamikaze'.

 

Which feature/theme would make the most sense to compare the two poems with? Write the correct number.

 

1. Theme of sex

2. Imagery of power

3. Personification of nature

4. War imagery

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
In both 'Kamikaze' and Extract from 'The Prelude' we have a personification of nature (tuna as being a "muscular" and "dark prince" in 'Kamikaze'; the mountain being "grim" and the "silent water"). In 'Kamikaze' the personification of nature symbolises the way people view the speaker's father, it adds depth to the metaphor, enhancing the way that the speaker's dad used to be perceived and how he is perceived now. The natural imagery also adds a peaceful tone, which is ironic considering the poem is about war. In 'The Prelude' the personification of nature isn't just metaphorical- it signals a catalyst (point of change) for the speaker, who begins to view the natural world as increasingly sinister.
  • Question 4

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Storm on the Island'.

 

Which feature would make the most sense to compare the two poems with?

 

Select the correct number.

 

1. Hopelessness of those without power

2. Present-continuous verbs and adverbs

3. The sinister, negative effect of nature

4. Motif of pride

 

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
Both poems emphasise the sinister and dangerous power of nature.
  • Question 5

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Exposure'.

 

Which idea would you use to compare these two poems?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
The idea that both poems convey the power and monstrosity of nature through personification
EDDIE SAYS
Both poems convey the power and monstrosity of nature through personification. Now, where 'The Prelude' uses nature as a catalyst to offset Wordsworth's transformation from boy to man (and poet), 'Exposure's' personification of nature has incredibly bleak and hopeless consequences.
  • Question 6

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' to 'Storm on the Island' and 'Ozymandias'.

 

 

What themes, language/structural/form features and ideas does each poem have?

 

Some themes are shared between the three poems.

CORRECT ANSWER
 'The Prelude''Ozymandias''Storm on the Island'
Personification
Metaphor/Symbolism
Irony
Simile
Personal Pronouns
Motif of Destruction
Motif of Isolation
EDDIE SAYS
This is a bit of a tricky question and it may have caught you out slightly, but well done for having a go! Hopefully, this has got you to look at shared ideas and devices across the three poems, jot down any inspirations you find! Think about how these ideas/devices convey certain themes/attitudes, too.
  • Question 7

Think about comparing Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Tissue'.

 

What themes, language/structural/form features and ideas does each poem have?

 

Some of these are shared between the two poems.

CORRECT ANSWER
 MetaphorSymbolismNatural ImageryTheme of IsolationPersonal PronounsAlliteration/Sibilance
'The Prelude'
'Tissue'
EDDIE SAYS
Hopefully, this has aided you in looking at shared ideas and devices across the three poems. Jot down any inspirations you find.
  • Question 8

Pick three poems, out of the six options below, that you think would be best to compare Extract from 'The Prelude' with.

 

Consider the idea: the motif of power and corruption, and language techniques.

CORRECT ANSWER
'Exposure'
'Ozymandias'
'Storm on the Island'
EDDIE SAYS
Out of all six, 'The Prelude' probably best compares to 'Exposure' 'Ozymandias' and 'Storm' as all four poems talk about the power and effect of nature.
  • Question 9

How do 'Extract from 'The Prelude' and 'Storm on the Island' present the theme of powerlessness.

 

Write two sentences for how the theme is presented similarly. Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
With questions like these, try and think as logically as possible. How are the two themes presented and what devices do the writers use to get the themes across? So, thinking about the subject's attitudes, the speaker's attitudes and what's actually going on in the poem (easier done than you might think) is a great idea. Then, think about how these attitudes are presented. Is it through passionate adjectives, symbolism/metaphor, maybe short sentences? Lastly, you've detailed out all the important bits. Now structure your answer in a simple paragraph!
  • Question 10

How do 'Ozymandias' and Extract from 'The Prelude' present the speaker's relationship with nature?

 

 

Two sentences for how the theme is presented similarly (think about the devices both poems use). Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

 

Two sentences for how the theme is presented differently. Make sure to include your evidence (two marks).

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
With questions like these, try and think as logically as possible. How are the two themes presented and what devices do the writers use to get the themes across? So, thinking about the subject's attitudes, the speaker's attitudes and what's actually going on in the poem (easier done than you might think) is a great idea. Then, think about how these attitudes are presented. Is it through passionate adjectives, symbolism/metaphor, maybe short sentences? Lastly, you've detailed out all the important bits. Now structure your answer in a simple paragraph.
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