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Y11 – poetry of power and conflict: the power of the preposition

Sometime simple ideas come to me in the process of talking to students … This week, we were talking about the importance of bringing everything back to the ideas of power and conflict – after all, that’s the cluster we’re studying. Getting our heads round these two (let’s face it rather huge) concepts, we decided to… Continue reading Y11 – poetry of power and conflict: the power of the preposition

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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 …