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Identify and Explain Key Themes in 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen

In this worksheet, students will identify and explain key themes in 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen.

'Identify and Explain Key Themes in 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Poetry, Poetry Anthology Collections

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Exposure' Conflict: 'Exposure'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

How would you feel about having to live in a wet, muddy and freezing cold trench for years?

What about sleeping on an uncomfortable bunk bed dug into the ground?

It probably wouldn't be something you would like to do!


The soldiers in the poem 'Exposure' fought on the front line in WWI.  They had to live in these horrible conditions for years.  

We are going to look at the poem and pick out some key themes to help with your revision. 


For this activity, you will need to grab your Power and Conflict  poetry anthology to refer to the poem 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen.

You might need some paper and pens to make notes as you work through the activities - you can use these to make revision posters or flashcards later on.


The poem is written in the form of eight even stanzas.

The speakers in the poem are the soldiers who are waiting in the trenches in awful conditions. 

The poem focuses on the main themes of: the power of nature, loss and absence, the effects of conflict and the reality of conflict. 


In the following questions, you will be asked about the meaning of these themes. 


So, when you're ready - let's begin.


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