How to answer an english lit question, to get an A?

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IN TERMS OF THE LAYOUT, WHAT TO PUT IN (THEMES ETC.). hoW TO LINK THE STORIES/POEMS. AND THE LAYOUT OF THE ESSAY.

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Posted Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 17:50 by Former Member

10 Answers

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Same as the other guys!! But also m Lit teacher who is an AQA examiner told me that you gain LOTS for originality - so when you are in the exam and you notice something you were not taught about a poem for example - get it down - you will get marks for making an independent and original analysis.

Also comment on word and sentence level so quality over quantity - you are better off writing a detailed response rather than a superficial one. Even if you only manage to compare three poems instead of 4 you can get an A!!

hope this helps :)

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:59 by Miranda
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Our teacher told us to learn meaning, language and structure points for all poems. Them in the essay, do a paragraph on meaning for all four poems, then a paragraph on language for all four, then a paragraph on structure for all four. Don't try to do one poem, then the next etc, as then you won't be able to get an A if you run out of time because you won't have written about four poems. To compare all you need is a linking word at the start of each paragraph. Something like 'similarly,...' or 'in contrast,...' 

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 19:22 by Megan
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with poems you need to

  • explore the imagery the poem makes you think about
  • explain the imagery using quotes
  • compare and contrast the poems. - this will get u alot of marks
  • if you spot any poetic devices the poet has used don't just write them down. eg. this poem has used alliteration. if you don't know how the poetic devices create an image or how they are useful don't just write them down. EXAMINERS HATE THIS AND THEY MIGHT MARK YOU DOWN

hope this helps :D

oh and you need to write about the structure of the poems and the language the poet uses. explore them

Answered Wed 8th June, 2011 @ 19:48 by rahul_ka
Edited by rahul_ka on Wed 8th June, 2011 @ 19:51
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Well, for poems, all I could say is always write ALOT about a LITTLE! For example, when you pick out a quote, write what it suggests, what you think, evaluate and if it's used effectively just in a small quote.

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:42 by Lollypop
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And @Abel WTF?!?! WHAT USE IS THAT TO SOMEONE OBVS THEY AINT GONNA DRAW A PIC ONLY SOMEONE AS DUMB AS YOU WOULD DO THAT!

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 13:15 by Kelly Founds
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@Abel..hahahahaha whaaaaaaaaaaaat?? lol that was soooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!! =)

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:20 by ~>>Anisah<<~
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i was told write a lot out a little too. this applies to any quote you might use.

In terms of how to set it out, try to link each paragraph to the next.

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:54 by Pui Pui
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Just revise all the poems! Although you get the anthology in the exam you need to remember some key aspect of each poem like form structure language tome imagary.... so make sure u know all of that and u should be fine. And as for the essay question on the novel u studied just remember some key themes and say why the writer has put it in there. Also try to writre a past paper and time yourself!!! Ive just taken my GCSE english lit exam and trust me its not as bad as you think. just go in and be confident!!!

Answered Tue 24th May, 2011 @ 13:14 by Kelly Founds
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@lollypop I was told the opposite- write only a sentence or 2 analysing your quote, otherwise you end up repeating yourself and won't write enough about other quotes and points

Answered Wed 1st June, 2011 @ 18:43 by katie
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you should always include a drawing at the end of your work, that will always surprise and impress the examiner. But it has to be a RELEVANT drawing E.G. with mice and men you might draw a picture of ratatouille. Hope that helps!

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:00 by Abel