Comparing poetry ,the structure of the essay?

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what is a good structure for comparing 2 poems(AQA CONFLICT CLUSTER)

Any other tips on what i should try to include in the essay? 

Posted Tue 22nd May, 2012 @ 18:02 by anonymous

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It is usually easiest to follow the structure they give you in the question:

"Compare the ways in which the texts achieve their purposes. 

You should compare: 

• how the texts are structured and how they present their material 

• how the purposes and contexts of the text influence language choices."

So you could structure it as:

  • structure and presentation
  • purpose and context
  • language

As for other tips, here are the ones I was given by my teacher:

  • 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." 
  • Make sure you cross compare throughout - don't just give one side and then the other as this will prevent you from reaching the high grades.

I hope this has helped you :)

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 13:14 by Rachel
Edited by Rachel on Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 13:15
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yes thanks!

Answered Wed 23rd May, 2012 @ 13:56 by anonymous