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Poetry: linking structure to language in Blake’s London

Here’s the ‘board shot’ from this morning’s lesson. Remember we were trying to link structure to language so that we don’t just describe the poem’s structural features. This was a fairly simple example to illustrate an idea so I’ve developed it further for you below. Just describing the structural features of the poem is not… Continue reading Poetry: linking structure to language in Blake’s London

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Tickets, Please – the power of the preposition

I tried this extract – the opening to D.H. Lawrence’s Tickets, Please – with a small revision group. I chose it because of its long opening sentences which capture the breathless urgency of the trams that Lawrence describes (and become a character in themselves) in the text. Here’s the full text: This story, set during… Continue reading Tickets, Please – the power of the preposition

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GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision – part two: structure

Okay – on to structure. In class, we thought about what the concept of structure meant. Here are some of the slides we used in the lesson. Some of you mentioned things like short sentences for effect. Remember that this sort of comment should really go in to your question 2 response. If you want… Continue reading GCSE English Language Paper 1 revision – part two: structure

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Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3

It’s time we talked about structure again. This week, after we have watched a chunk of the play, we will be looking at act 4 scene 3. Not only does this get us away from the claustrophobic atmosphere of Macbeth’s castle (notice how much of the action is staged here) but it also gives us… Continue reading Y11 Macbeth – structure and masculinity in 4.3

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Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation

Don’t know whether this worked. In an earlier post, I wrote about ventrals and dorsals – the combination of the dynamics of movement and contemplation of the image (Dorsals and ventrals: neuroscience, film and literature). I’m not going to go into too much detail here (you can read the earlier blog) but it’s come from… Continue reading Macbeth Act 2 Scene 2 – movement and contemplation

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Writing from the Moving Image

By now, you’ve probably worked out that I love to teach writing through moving images. Add that to my love of Hitchcock and it’s not a surprise that I will find any excuse to show a clip or two from his films to show how story-telling works. Last year, I taught a module on writing… Continue reading Writing from the Moving Image