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Saving Section C: Unseen comparison poetry (AO2 only)

This week, we’ve been feeding back on the mock exam. We found the two section C poems for the comparison question quite difficult and for the comparison ended up talking more about the ideas in the poem than the language. We’ve called this our ‘Saving Private Ryan’ question: there were bodies everywhere with only a… Continue reading Saving Section C: Unseen comparison poetry (AO2 only)

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Revising poetry through acrostics?

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em …. I’m going to try this in a revision lesson – here are a couple of examples – then get the students to work up their own for the other poems … It’s best to choose one word if possible, the shorter the better -an acrostic for The… Continue reading Revising poetry through acrostics?

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William Blake’s London

This lesson stands as a one off. We focused on exploring language through Blake’s use of iambic tetrameter (four iambic beats per line – unstressed/stressed) and how the metre was broken by trochees to draw our attention to particular words/lines. We also looked at Blake’s original version which contains some capitalised nouns that are not… Continue reading William Blake’s London

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A Postscript to The Prelude …

In a previous blog, we looked at comparing The Prelude with Storm on the Island – see here Here are some examples of the essays the students wrote in response to an exam type question: Example 1: notice how the student compares throughout using those ‘coat-hanger’ statements (“both poets…”) to hang the ideas off. The first paragraph could… Continue reading A Postscript to The Prelude …

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Comparing My Last Duchess with Ozymandias

Here are the slides from this week’s lessons. The PPT is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8c2fmlz1vqopfv7/My%20Last%20Duchess%20form%20and%20structure.pptx?dl=0 We began with a short refresher on the poem: The next lesson was centred on the use of structural features – caesura in particular, so it’s worth thinking about what we mean by structure and form. This analogy was useful: This was a… Continue reading Comparing My Last Duchess with Ozymandias