Comparison

Five soldiers silhouetted against the sky at the Battle of Broodseinde during World War One.
'Remains' could be compared to World War One poem, 'Exposure'

You can discover a lot about a poem by comparing it to one by another author that deals with a similar subject. You could compare features such as theme, form, structure, rhythm, language and figures of speech.

The key thing to do when comparing poems is to note the points where they are similar and the points where they differ. You could make a list noting similarities and differences between the two poems.

Comparison of 'Remains' by Simon Armitage and 'Exposure' by Wilfred Owen

Similarities

  • Both are about soldiers in wartime.
  • Both present a first-person narrative.
  • Both provide graphic images of death and war.

Differences

  • Remains has a faster paced rhythm, Exposure has a more measured pace, reflecting the way the soldiers are waiting.
  • Remains is about modern warfare, Exposure is about World War One.
  • Remains has a structure which disintegrates towards the end, Exposure uses a more regular structure.
  • Exposure is written in the present tense about an experience that is unfolding. Remains is also written mostly in the present tense, but is about a past experience, showing the lasting trauma of the experience of war for this soldier.

Explore the study guide for 'Exposure'.