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Evaluate Language Techniques in the Poem 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen

In this worksheet, students will evaluate language and techniques in the poem 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen.

'Evaluate Language Techniques in the Poem '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

Could you ever imagine having to live in a cold, wet, muddy trench in the middle of winter? 

Would you like to share your bed with mice and rats?

The answer would almost certainly be no! 


 In this poem, Wilfred Owen describes how soldiers fighting in WWI on the front line had to suffer terrible conditions while waiting for orders or being attacked by the enemy.  

It sounds pretty horrible, doesn't it?


For this activity, it would be good if you could grab your Power and Conflict anthology to look over the poem.


The poem 'Exposure' was published in 1917-1918 and written by the British poet and World War I soldier, Wilfred Owen.

It is written in eight even stanzas.


It describes soldiers waiting in the trenches who are being attacked by cold and harsh weather. 

The soldiers are waiting for commands and are bored.  They start to question the point of war and wonder if they will ever be able to go home. 


In this activity, we are going to look at how to evaluate language and techniques in the poem.


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

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