HELP!! How to answer gcse poetry questions in the exam?

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Hey, could someone please give me an example of an A/A* answer to a gcse poetry question.

E.g 'Compare how Sheers presents attitudes to death and mourning in "Mametz Wood" with one other poem from conflict'

Thankyouuu any advice will help x

Posted Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 18:54 by Catherine

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In this case perhaps the best poem would be The Falling Leaves. Here goes:

In The Falling Leaves, Cole describes the deceased (in this case described by a metaphor as being ‘leaves’) as that “Which now all withering lay”. This contrasts to what Sheers wrote, because in Mametz Wood the In Mametz Wood the apparently dead soldiers are often described as though they were still alive. For example, “their skeletons paused mid dance-macabre”. By adding ‘mid’ to the phrase, it also shows how the soldiers died before their time, before the end of their “dance”, so to speak. This shows two clearly defined opinions of what happens to us (as humans) when we die. Sheers seems to give the message that after death we live again, as he uses the word “paused”, indicating that they will eventually continue their dance, whereas Cole describes them as “withering”, thus showing how they will not rise again and giving the message that they are, or soon will be, completely gone.

I think it’s ok, you could easily link it to another one as well.. Hope this helps :) x 

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 19:12 by Hummi C
Edited by Hummi C on Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 19:14
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make sure that you name the techniques, i.e. metaphor, sibilance ect as well as explaining how it effects the poem, also (as long as you can justify your point) be as creative as possible, examiners prefer that to similar boring text book answers. (-:

Answered Wed 16th May, 2012 @ 20:26 by Yasmine