Order these statments in order of importance and significance.
1. [[The poem explores the power of nature]]
2. [[The poem suggests that humans cannot be prepared for everything]]
3. [[The poem suggests that many of the things people are afraid of turn out to be nothing]]
4. [[Heaney suggests that our fears only have power over us if we allow them to]]
5. [[The poet uses a conversational tone to create a sense of calm amidst the storm]]
6. [[Heaney suggests that we can coquer our fears by facing up tp them]]
7. [[The poem uses the storm as a metaphor for war]]
Match the words to their descriptions.
1. Salvo = [[Bombards, harasses with artillery shells]]
2. Stooks = [[Bundles of straw]]
3. Strafes = [[ Simultaneous firing of artillery]]
4. Gale = [[ A very strong wind]]
Match the words to their correct descriptions.
1. Stacks = [[Haystacks]]
2. Squat = [[Someone or something that is short and thick]]
3. Pummel = [[To hit or punch repeatedly]]
4. WIzened = [[Dried up, shrivelled]]
5. Flung = [[Thrown carelessly]]
The poem describes the experience of being in a cliff-top [[cottage]] on an island off the coast of Ireland during a [[storm]]. Heaney describes the bare ground, the sea and the [[wind]]. The people in the cottage are extremely [[isolated]] and can do nothing against the powerful and violent [[weather]].