Any tips on English poetry comparison essay?

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For our exam in May, we have to write a comparison essay on two studied poems. I have been given one to complete for homework after Easter, but not sure if I have grasped the concept on it. Anyone know how to write the essay? 

Thank you ***

Posted Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 16:38 by Hana

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Introduction: You have about 3 sentences. The first one states a simlarity about them ("Both poems are about the lack of time" or something). The next sentence-you summarise the first poem very briefly. Third sentence: you do the same with the other poem.

Analysis': Try to have 4 main paragraphs between intro and conclusion, 2 for each poem. In each analysis you just analyse a quote and stuff, and then compare it briefly to the other poem at the end of the paragraph.

Conclusion: this is where you REALLY compare. You state similarities and differences, and include lots of examples.

that's just how to structure it, though, but I hope it helps (your exam is next week right?)

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 22:36 by EstherTheBunny
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I'm doing Plath and Hughes for the poetry side of the exam and we've been told to pick two Plath poems then contrast or link with one Hughes poem. I don't know which exam board you're on though as ours is marks for language and comparison and not the context of the poems.

Answered Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 16:52 by Sophie Payne
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Oo. I'm doing EdExcel and the relationships section of the anthology. We have not been told anything, unfortuenately. 

Thanks anyway :)  

Answered Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 17:04 by Hana
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Oh can you not ask your teacher? Just compare and explain your points. Or look on the edexcel website for information. I wish I was on edexcel I'm on WJEC I hate the board!

Answered Mon 9th April, 2012 @ 17:09 by Sophie Payne
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When comparing poems, try to look for the similarities in themes and messages, and some techniques, and differences in the techniques, structure and language techniques.

Doing this you can show how writers have used different techniques to convey the same message.

I hope this makes sense and helps!

Answered Thu 26th April, 2012 @ 12:42 by Libby