Bitesize has changed! We're updating subjects as fast as we can. Visit our new site to find Bitesize guides and clips - and tell us what you think!

English Literature

Storm on the Island

Storm on the Island: Test

In the exam you'll be asked to write about four poems, two pre-1914 and two post-1914 (Heaney and Clarke or Duffy and Armitage), comparing and contrasting them with each other. The poems will usually have something in common - such as their subject matter, or an aspect of their language, or the ideas expressed - but also important differences. In comparing them, you may be able to notice things about the way the poems convey their meanings which you might not have noticed before.

When you are asked to compare poems, it's a good idea to run through in your mind each of the headings under which we have looked at the poems in the revision bite: subject matter, structure, language and imagery, sound, ideas, and attitudes and tone.

Now look at this question:


Compare Storm on the Island with one other post-1914 poem and two pre-1914 poems of your choice that describe the power of the wind. What does the description of the wind contribute to each poem?

Three poems suitable for this comparison would be Gillian Clark's October, G M Hopkin's Inversnaid, and Walt Whitman's Patrolling Barnegat.

What would you want to include in your comparison? On a piece of paper, note down some points to make in comparing Storm on the Island with each of these three poems.

Then hit Next to compare your points with ours...

Back to Seamus Heaney index

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.