Any good tips on how to analyse unseen poetry?

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I have my AQA Poetry exam on Thursday and just want some tips on how to analyse the unseen poem.

Thanks and good luck if you're doing it too! 

Posted Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 21:27 by Jess Perry

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I used to find the unseen quite difficult until I asked my teacher for help. She gave our class some simple tips:

Read the question carefully - this is where many people slip up. Make sure you know exactly what you need to focus on.

Look at the purpose and audience of the text. This is quite easy as it usually given to you in the question.

Structure and presentation is one of the things people often forget. It can be quite simple if you look at the amount of stanzas and what is mentioned in the stanzas (are they chronological? do they focus on a certain theme per stanza?), and other things such as whether there are any rhyming couplets. 

Language - what type of language is it: informal or formal? contemporary or archaic? look for certain features such as alliteration, metaphor, figurative imagery but don't just feature spot - you must relate these features to the question. For example, if you find a simile such as 'her eyes were as bright as the north star' you need to relate it to the question, so if the steer is love you could say 'The poet has used the simile 'her eyes were as bright as the north star' to express his admiration of a young woman." 

I hope this was useful for you :)

Sorry if it doesn't apply to you.

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 13:09 by Rachel
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PRACTISE IS ALL I CAN SAY RANDOM PEOMS AND ASK YOUR TEACHER IF HE/SHE CN MARK IT.....

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!1

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 21:33 by Rayman08