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1

How many stanzas are in Exposure?

Eight

2

What does repeating the phrase 'But nothing happens' emphasise?

The agony of waiting and that war is not all about action

3

What are the three main themes in Exposure?

War, Weather and Despair

4

What are the different interpretations of the line 'Our brains ache'?

The soldiers are in physical pain

The soldiers are developing psychological problems

5

What are the different interpretations of the line 'We cringe in holes'?

The poet makes us think the soldiers are like frightened animals

The poet reminds the reader that the soldiers are just ordinary men

6

What are the different interpretations of the line '...on us the doors are closed'?

The soldiers are thinking back to happier times

The soldiers are thinking ahead to what lies in store for them

7

What rhyming pattern to the stanzas follow?

ABBAC

8

What does Owen used to unsettle the reader and defy the expected outcome?

Half rhyme.

9

What is the effect of assonance in Exposure? (Give examples)

Unsettling

'knive us' 'nervous' 'silent' 'salient'

10

What does the use of sibilance do in the fourth stanza? (give examples)

Reminds us the of the whizzing sound of the bullets.
The sibilance gradually fades away, like the hail of bullets would do.

'Sudden successive flights of bullets streak the silence.'

11

What effect does assonance have in the third stanza? (give examples)

The long 'o' sounds emphasises the tedious wait for something to occur.

'know' 'grow' 'soak'

12

What are the two different aspects of the poem?

The war itself and the conditions they are trying to survive in

13

How does Owen draw the reader in?

Use of emotive language

14

What poetic technique can you identify: 'flickering gunnery rumbles'

onomatopoeia

15

What is the structure of this poem?

Blank verse

16

The tone of the poem is?

Despair

17

'Less deadly than the air that shudders black with snow’ uses the technique...

Personification

18

The phrase 'but nothing happens' indicates

No one will come to help them

19

What themes are evident throughout the poem?

Effects of conflict
Power of nature
Reality of conflict

20

What effect do the regular stanzas and rhyme have?

reflects the monotony involved and that nothing changes

21

Half rhyme is used in places; what effect does it have on the reader?

It's unsettling, which reflects difficulties being faced

22

Which technique: 'mad gusts tugging' and 'Pale flakes...feeling for our faces'?

Personification

23

What is the effect of the personification?

Makes the weather seem purposeful, depicting it as the enemy

24

What is the effect of the sibilance used here: 'silence, sentries whisper, curious, nervous'?

It conveys hushed tones, depicting the soldiers' worry

25

Wilfred Owen wrote 'Exposure' during which war?

WW1

26

In what year was Wilfred Owen hospitalised?

1917

27

In Exposure, the para-rhyme shows...

Owen was showing that war us unnatural and chaotic

28

Complete the line: Slowly, our ___________ drag home

Ghosts

29

Complete the line: Dawn massing in the east her...

melancholy army

30

Complete the line: Sudden successive flights of bullets...

streak the silence