I don't know a good and effiecient way to revise for my English Literature exam, any suggestions?

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I have an English Literature Exam on Tuesday and I am okay with the novel as I have an slick revision guide. However, my worry is the poetry :/

Posted Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 19:20 by zalikha

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What I did when i revised poetry was got a massive sheet of paper and wrote the names of all the poems on it. I then linked up the poems if they were similar and wrote down why they were similar. This helps you to revise because you are thinking about the poems as you do it.

I also made revision cards for mine with the key themes etc. on.

Hope that helps :-) x

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 12:45 by AnnaLouise
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WEll first of all GOODLUCK :) and d.w yu will do fine just remember to keep referring to the key words in the question.

The way i revised was to summarise the poetry and remember the key points. then later on i could expand on them and write an essay.

Also, remember that you need to talk abut attitudes and feelings...structure and language.

Just go over the poetry and try to simplify it for yourself and try to revise a little each day so it stays in your mind.

Goodluck :D x

Answered Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 19:27 by Asian
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I find making a quiz for each poem helps - because you look at it in a different way - for example a question might be - Which devices are used to emphasize the poet 's feelings towards his father? ( Say it was a Seamus Heany poem)

And remember poetry is subjective - so when you are in the exam doing the question- you may find something you have never thought of before- this is equally valid and will get you the A/A* for originality!!

Sorry it's a bit long - I hope it helps and good luck :)!!

Answered Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 19:34 by Miranda
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My teacher just says that the best way to revise for poems is to do a lot of practice essays on them. He make us do them in class a lot. Make it will be good now just do fine two random poems of the internet and write an essay on them, stating how they are similar and how they are different. :D

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 19:29 by katie
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I personally study A world's wife by carol ann duffy for english and how i do it is look through some past questions just to get an idea of the kind of thing they ask you.

Then if you go through all of your poems and pick out a good quote that is easy to analyse from each one (it might have a metaphor or hidden meaning or something like that) that way you don't waste time in your exam looking for quotes.

In the question there will normally be a key word... so for example one of my questions was "Duffy shows hostility towards men in a world wife, discuss". The word 'hostility' is the key word, try thinking up of poems that relate to that word. It is better if you can think of poems that agree and disagree with the question (poems that show hostility towards men and some that show love towards men).

Hope this helps :)


Answered Sat 21st May, 2011 @ 20:04 by Miriam shellabear
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what i find easy is to make a list of the poems in a table e.g 

poem  themes   similar to  different to 

that way you get to know the themes making it easier to find another poem to compare it to in the exam 

good luck 

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 11:29 by GLexie
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I've gotten a notepad and written a page full of notes on every poem. Make sure you learn the ones that could be asked (e.g. storm on the island, digging, death of a naturalist and at a potato digging for heaney) but still focus on the optional ones. Come up with themes (or look at past papers) e.g. man's relationship with nature, death etc. and say the four poems you would compare.

Make sure you can come up with more than one interpretation, and that you always cross refer. 

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 12:52 by hiuu billy
Edited by hiuu billy on Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 12:52
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I tend to make notes on the following categories:

Structure, Language, Form, Phonology, Themes, Narrative Stance, Grammar/ Syntax (+Use of props and stage directs for a play)

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 13:29 by Beth Haworth
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Make revision cards for each of the named poems and any you feel particuarly strongly about. Include how they use language, structure, their key themes, what other poems they link to well and your reasoning for that and if you have time, add a little opinion so when you're in the exam, you can litter the essay with how you feel about the poems because the examiners want to see you have connected and engaged with the poems, not just copied something out of a textbook. :)

Answered Sun 22nd May, 2011 @ 18:24 by Ronni Blackford
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Just make sure you know a bit of context about each poem as this shows that you have properly prepared for the exam and puts you a bit ahead of everyone else. Also if you are doing AQA and you have to answer a question about an unseen poem then make sure you give several interpretations on one feature within the poem to show there are a lot of possibilities.

Answered Sun 30th September, 2012 @ 17:24 by Alice Deane