Comparing The Prelude (William Wordsworth) and Storm on the Island (Seamus Heaney)

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Comparing The Prelude (William Wordsworth) and Storm on the Island (Seamus Heaney)


  • Both reveal conflict between nature and humanity.
  • The poets explore power of nature through the use of dramatic imagery.
  • The use of structure in the poems draws our attention to the ways in which nature can feel overwhelming and powerful.
  • The poets personify aspects of nature to explore its power and authority
  • Both conclusions show poets to be in a reflective mood.
  • Both have 10 syllables per line


  • Language - Prelude is romantic and gothic, whereas Storm uses more explosive language.
  • Verbs used in Storm are forceful and powerful, verbs in Prelude are also powerful but they have an element of fear and guilt.
  • Imagery in Prelude is picturesque and idyllic, unlike Storm where it is chaotic and explosively fast paced.
  • Storm illustrates the power of nature in a harsh obviously way.  Prelude shows the power of nature in a subtle and is slowly shown.
  • Both poems have rhythm but they are different.  Storm is fast and frantic and Prelude is pace controlled and calm.

Overall comparison

Both poems illustrate how powerful nature is and that humans mean very little in comparison


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