The Wreck of the Deutschland: Summary & Analysis

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Who wrote 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'?

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1. To whom was 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' dedicated?

2. 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' is what kind of lengthy lyric poem with elaborate stanza structures noted for its formal tone and lofty sentiments?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In Gerard Manley Hopkin's day, poetry that did not fit in exactly with traditional forms was considered inferior. The Wreck of the Deutschland, challenged typical poetic views of nature, and did so with an innovative adaptation of an old English form. Answer the practice questions in this interactive quiz/worksheet combo to learn and recall what made this poem a significant contribution to the canon of English poetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be tested on:

  • Details about the event that inspired the poet to compose the poem
  • Information about the poet
  • The verse form used to write The Wreck of the Deutschland
  • How the poem stands out against other poetry of this time period

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most significant information about what makes this poem unique and innovative
  • Information recall - access the knowledge gained about the event that inspired the poem
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify the term used to describe the adaptation made to the rhythm of the poem

Additional Learning

To learn more review the lesson called The Wreck of the Deutschland: Summary and Analysis. The objectives addressed include:

  • Know background information about the poem
  • Understand the historical details about the event that inspired the poem
  • Differentiate between Hopkin's portrayal of God and nature, and the typical portrayal of his time period
  • Analyze the poet's intention, as demonstrated by his stylistic choices in the poem
  • Understand the changes introduced to the ode form that make this poem innovative
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