storm on the island x the prelude comparison


storm on the island x the prelude comparison


  • Both reveal conflict between nature and humanity.
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  • 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 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.

Overall comparison

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


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