Can anyone give me any advice on unseen poetry for AQA?

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I genuinely don't know much on how to annotate it & write the essay. Thanks for any answers, much appreciated :)

Posted Fri 18th May, 2012 @ 17:48 by Beanie96

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If you have the revision guides for it, I'd suggest doing some of the questions out of them for practice. Also, I presume you've learnt the HITPOEM method? If you haven't it's a list of things to look for in a poem, it's useful for the unseen poetry:

H = Historical context (if applicable)

I = Imagery

T = Techniques (Language)

P = Personal Response 

O = Organisation/structure

E = Emotions of narrator

M = Message/ hidden meanings

Hope this helps, and remember, there's no right and wrong with poetry, as long as you can come up with a meaning that's plausible, and you can develop it and back up everything with quotes, it doesn't matter how you interpret the poem. We all see things differently, so we can all see different meanings in poems.

Good luck, hope this helps! (: 

Answered Fri 18th May, 2012 @ 17:56 by YellowYeti
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Hey, my teacher said you should be writing for the full 30 minutes (or however much time you're given for that question). I suggest analysing individual words or phrases, and explaining features such as form and structure. 

Remember to answer what the question is asking you - highlight the key words if necessary.

For the first 5 minutes only, you could create a plan to help structure your answer. In my class we learnt a technique to help us analyse poems, WP SLOMP. 

W = what is the poem about

P = persona/ point of view

S = structure.. so tone, stanzas, lines etc

L = language, and the effect

OM = other methods, metaphors, similes, rhyme scheme

P = personal point of view, your interpretation of the poem

Hope I helped, good luck :) 

Answered Fri 18th May, 2012 @ 18:01 by I used to be smart
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Thank you. It's really appreciated, I was freaking out about the exam before & this has really helped :D 

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 21:28 by Beanie96
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Answered Thu 24th May, 2012 @ 11:06 by Andrew Dodson
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This is from the board so this is what the AQA examiner's are actually looking for:

Hope this helps and good luck today :)

Answered Thu 24th May, 2012 @ 11:32 by Georgia