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Evaluate the Language Techniques Used in the Poem 'Remains'

In this worksheet, students will evaluate the key language techniques used in the poem 'Remains' by Simon Armitage. They will look at the effect that the techniques have on the reader in order to develop a deeper understanding of the poem.

'Evaluate the Language Techniques Used in the Poem 'Remains'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA

Curriculum topic:   Poetry

Curriculum subtopic:   Power and Conflict: 'Remains'

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

For this activity, you will need to turn to the poem 'Remains' by Simon Armitage, which can be found in your anthology.


soldiers with gun


'Remains' is about a soldier haunted by a violent memory.


This poem is written from the perspective of a soldier stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan (or any war zone really). He is on patrol with some other soldiers when they come across some bank robbers. One of the looters appears to have a gun, so they open fire. The rest of the poem concentrates on the fact that the soldier, even long after this event, cannot leave the memory behind and carries this dead man with him in his mind.


In the following questions, you will be asked to evaluate the language techniques used in the poem.

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