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Identify and Explain Key Themes in 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney

In this worksheet, students will identify and explain key themes in 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney.

'Identify and Explain Key Themes in 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Storm on the Island'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Have you ever experienced a bit of a windy walk to school, the shops or to a mate's house?

Well, that's nothing compared to a day in the life of the islanders in this poem...


You'll need to use your Power and Conflict  poetry anthology for this activity to refer to the poem 'Storm on the Island' by Seamus Heaney.

It would be useful to grab some paper and a pen to make notes as you go along to use for revision later on!


The poem is written in the form of one nineteen-line stanza.

The speakers in the poem are the islanders who have prepared their homes for a storm.  However, the storm becomes more powerful than they expect and causes

devastation to the people and their homes.


The poem focuses on the main themes of the power of nature, fear and helplessness, and the conflict between nature and man.

We're going to look at these themes in a bit more detail in this activity.


So, when you're ready, let's begin!

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