Clashes and Collisions part of anthology English GCSE Edexcel? help? xD

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Hey guys, i have an exam on Thursday about poems in our GCSE Edexcel anthology about the Clashes and collisions part of the anthology. i was wondering if anyone has any Resources for the poems in this section that could help me. i am currently a B in english, and im desperately trying to turn it into and a or a*. any help would be really appreciated. thankyou 

Posted Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 18:40 by priya777

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im doing clashes and collisions, here is an overview of the main things to remember for each poem:

Half-Caste: uses non-standard english to show he is strong and assertive, repitition of 'explain yuself' is used to provoke thought and punctuate the poem, pronouns contrast eachother to show conflict between different people. Speaker thinks that this prejudice and discrimination is absurd and rediculous.

Parades End: Pronouns and caesura show its routine, semantic field of wealth, 'throbbing red' gives aural imagery of a heart beat to imply the speaker is nervous & tactile imagery of pain & connotations of danger. The reader empathises the speaker. The speaker is a higther class than the people attaking them, speaker feels victimised and is defensive but also accepting.

Belfast Confetti and Exposure have come up recently and I havent got much time to write this (have a hemistry exam tomorrow as well as english) so I will briefly mention that Belfast confetti uses lots of imagery (aural, tactile + visual) and is about the troubles in Northern Ireland due to the conflict between catholics and protestants in 1990. Our Sharpville uses proouns to show conflict between race and has the semantic fields of the body and also protection.

Exposure: uses collective pronouns to show they are all in war together, end-stopped lines to slow the pace to show that war drags on, says that the weather is their enemy and for this reason start to blame God.

Catrin: conflict between mother and child, at begining both want to be separate but cant due to ambilical chord, later in poem child still wants to be with mum but mum thinks child should become more independant. enjambement and caesura work together to land on word separate to land on word divide (show they want to be free from eachother, being together limits their abilities)

Your Dad Did What?: title has accusing tone, teacher misunderstands & is ignorant of the truth. Tells story in chronology to make reader sympathise with her, rhyme and regular stanza structure implies everything is well organised by teacher.

The Class Game: accusing Rhetorical questions, pronoun you is directly accusing reader, uses defiant tone, challenges assumptions.

Cousin Kate: speaker talking to cousin kate, contrast in pronouns and juxtaposing lines show the conflict between speaker and cousin kate over the man they both love. regular stanzas and rhyme show that the speaker knows exactly what to say.

Hitcher: Contrast in lifestyles between driver who worked hard for a living but didnt get much out of it and a hippie who caught a lift with him and relaxs all the time, not caring about money so he is able to enjoy life. Difference causes conflict.

The drum: shows speakers passionate feelings against war. Constant rhyme, end stopped lines, regular stanza structure, syllable structuring the same all show the speaker is organised aand controlled (almost too much as if it is done as an artificial affect of war.

O What is that Sound: First two lines of each stanza siad by naive wife, last two lines said by knowledgeable man. regular rhyme shows that the soldiers are constantly approaching. 'Dear is repeated throughout the poem by the man, at begining has an understanding tone but it gets ore and more fustrated and agitated as it is used further on in the poem.

Conscientious Objector: Accepts fact that death is inevitable but dosent want to help it unnecessarily. Death is personified throughout poem.

August 6 1945: title shows that people are unable to move on from that date, talking about nuclear bomb dropped in Japan by USA to end war. At end of poem ladybirds repeated to show that the suffering will continue.

Invasion: Conflict betweeen the speakers comunity and people who are invading is shown by different pronouns. speaker has already given up.

hope this is ok, good lucjk

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 19:24 by Lilli
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thats fine :) I needed to have a look over them anyway

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 21:43 by Lilli
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Thanks priya777! Hope the exam goes well this afternoon to all of you! Good luck

Answered Thu 24th May, 2012 @ 11:06 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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I'm doing the same exam! However i can't be of much help because i'm doing the relationship section.

The advice that i can give you is to re-read all of the poems and your notes/annotations and make sure that you understand all of them. I find that re-writing your notes is a good way of remembering them.

Hope this helps!

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 19:05 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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thanks for the advise Eden! ill try rewriting the notes again xD

problem is that well, my entire year is also doing either the relationships section or the Taking a stand section. noone doing my section except my very dismannered class -_- 

my clasmates are distractive, always distract the teacher. ive havent really been able to gather as many notes, got all the simple ones, but not higher level notes. normally been begging teachers to help me ect. havent really recieved much help. 

Answered Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 20:29 by priya777
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That's really unlucky. What i would suggest to you is to find ur teacher at lunch or after school (if you're willing to give up spare time) and sit down and get some high level notes on one or two poems, and then work it out for the rest.

Good luck for tomorrow

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 08:53 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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Eden i followed ur advise today, got a bit of help so thankyou xD  and thankyou for the well wishes :D 

lilli! i love you!!! xDD thankyouu soo much ur a lifesaverr!! thankyou thankyou thankyouuu!!! 

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 21:34 by priya777
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:D ur too awesome xDD good luck with ur chemistry exam! and english ofcourse! my best wishes r with u! and you too Eden! :D

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 21:51 by priya777
Edited by priya777 on Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 21:53
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most helpful last minute revision ever!!

Answered Thu 24th May, 2012 @ 10:55 by failure
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Well, i hope everyone did well in the exam!

Answered Fri 25th May, 2012 @ 13:02 by RFC1871 (Eden32)
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This, Honestly, is the worst advice on English, you cant even spell luck....

Answered Thu 22nd May, 2014 @ 11:38 by Menameishawwy
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im doing clashes and collisions, here is an overview of the main things to remember for each poem: Half-Caste: uses non-standard english to show he is strong and assertive, repitition of 'explain yuself' is used to provoke thought and punctuate the poem, pronouns contrast eachother to show conflict between different people. Speaker thinks that this prejudice and discrimination is absurd and rediculous. Parades End: Pronouns and caesura show its routine, semantic field of wealth, 'throbbing red' gives aural imagery of a heart beat to imply the speaker is nervous & tactile imagery of pain & connotations of danger. The reader empathises the speaker. The speaker is a higther class than the people attaking them, speaker feels victimised and is defensive but also accepting. Belfast Confetti and Exposure have come up recently and I havent got much time to write this (have a hemistry exam tomorrow as well as english) so I will briefly mention that Belfast confetti uses lots of imagery (aural, tactile + visual) and is about the troubles in Northern Ireland due to the conflict between catholics and protestants in 1990. Our Sharpville uses proouns to show conflict between race and has the semantic fields of the body and also protection. Exposure: uses collective pronouns to show they are all in war together, end-stopped lines to slow the pace to show that war drags on, says that the weather is their enemy and for this reason start to blame God. Catrin: conflict between mother and child, at begining both want to be separate but cant due to ambilical chord, later in poem child still wants to be with mum but mum thinks child should become more independant. enjambement and caesura work together to land on word separate to land on word divide (show they want to be free from eachother, being together limits their abilities) Your Dad Did What?: title has accusing tone, teacher misunderstands & is ignorant of the truth. Tells story in chronology to make reader sympathise with her, rhyme and regular stanza structure implies everything is well organised by teacher. The Class Game: accusing Rhetorical questions, pronoun you is directly accusing reader, uses defiant tone, challenges assumptions. Cousin Kate: speaker talking to cousin kate, contrast in pronouns and juxtaposing lines show the conflict between speaker and cousin kate over the man they both love. regular stanzas and rhyme show that the speaker knows exactly what to say. Hitcher: Contrast in lifestyles between driver who worked hard for a living but didnt get much out of it and a hippie who caught a lift with him and relaxs all the time, not caring about money so he is able to enjoy life. Difference causes conflict. The drum: shows speakers passionate feelings against war. Constant rhyme, end stopped lines, regular stanza structure, syllable structuring the same all show the speaker is organised aand controlled (almost too much as if it is done as an artificial affect of war. O What is that Sound: First two lines of each stanza siad by naive wife, last two lines said by knowledgeable man. regular rhyme shows that the soldiers are constantly approaching. 'Dear is repeated throughout the poem by the man, at begining has an understanding tone but it gets ore and more fustrated and agitated as it is used further on in the poem. Conscientious Objector: Accepts fact that death is inevitable but dosent want to help it unnecessarily. Death is personified throughout poem. August 6 1945: title shows that people are unable to move on from that date, talking about nuclear bomb dropped in Japan by USA to end war. At end of poem ladybirds repeated to show that the suffering will continue. Invasion: Conflict betweeen the speakers comunity and people who are invading is shown by different pronouns. speaker has already given up. hope this is ok, good LUCK IM CHINESE AND BETTER

Answered Thu 22nd May, 2014 @ 11:39 by Menameishawwy
Edited by Menameishawwy on Thu 22nd May, 2014 @ 11:40
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ahhh it wenttt greatt!!! i ran out of time... but it wentt greattt!! xDD thankies soo much Eden and Lilli! xDD i ran out of time for the comparasion question but yeah i was just about to finish that one, so its okay xD that was basically the very low point of my exam, but i think i wrote a lot of A8 stuff for the rest xD ( i snuck into the top set for english class in the morning xD so got some tips there too xD i was a boys group, but oh well xD) 

Answered Sat 26th May, 2012 @ 21:10 by priya777