AQA English Literature Relationships Revision

This resouce is useful for the AQA English Literature Relationships cluster where ALL the poems in this cluster like "Hour, Quickdraw and Nettles". It analyses words and the ceasuras used and it links it to each poem, explaines similarities and compares it to others. It is the ONLY revision resouce I used properly reading and re-reading its annontations and getting an A!! Please use and feel free to distrubute! Happy reading!

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Cluster 4
Relationships
Different types of relationship are the focus of this cluster. Some poems, such as
`Quickdraw' and `Hour', deal with the positive and/or negative emotions inherent
in romantic relationships. Some deal with family relationships and the complex
feelings that can be experienced by parents and children, or brothers and sisters,
as in `Nettles' and `Harmonium' or `Brothers' and `Sister Maude' respectively.
Some of the recurrent themes include conflict between couples, and the emotional
vulnerability and pain that love can cause, whether it is between a father and his
son or a couple at the start of a romantic love affair.
When studying this cluster, it might be useful for students to focus on some of the
following considerations:
· What form of relationship is the focus of this poem? Is it a romantic or familial
relationship? Is the poet drawing attention to any universal experiences as they
portray this relationship in particular?
· From whose perspective is the poem written? Is it first, second or third
person address, and how does this affect meaning? Who does the poem
address? Or is it about, rather than directed to, someone? Does the form of
communication affect the meaning? Is the poet speaking directly, or does the
poet use a persona to communicate their ideas?
· Consider the mood / tone of the poem. Is it light-hearted or serious in tone? Is
it making a serious point in a light-hearted way and, if so, why might that be?
· Why has the poet written this poem? What feelings, attitudes and/or ideas is
the poet considering through their presentation of these relationships?
· How has the poet communicated their ideas? What aspects of language,
structure and/or form are particularly significant in this poem? What literary
techniques is the poet using to achieve their effects?
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The Manhunt
Simon Armitage
Background and Context
This poem is taken from The Not Dead, a collection Armitage wrote for a Channel
4 documentary, `Forgotten Heroes', commemorating the lives of ex-servicemen
and examining the effects of their experiences on themselves and their families.…read more

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Themes and Ideas (AO1) Targeting C
`The Manhunt' is a first person, tentative account of a partner's attempt How does Armitage use
to console, heal and draw `close' to her partner, whose experiences have imagery to emphasise the
damaged him, not only physically but emotionally. The poem uses the third theme of this poem? Ask
person to refer to the partner, suggesting a distance between them.…read more

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Hour
Carol Ann Duffy
Background and Context
`Hour', like `Quickdraw', comes from Duffy's collection Rapture which won the
T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry in 2005. Rapture charts the course of a love affair with
an anonymous, possibly unspecific, lover. The poems explore the negative as well
as positive aspects of love ­ the contradictions, the passions and the heartbreak.
`Hour' comes in the early stages of the relationship: the heady beginnings of a
passionate love affair.…read more

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Themes and Ideas (AO1) Targeting C
In `Hour', Duffy subverts not only a traditional form but a traditional theme of How does Duffy evoke the
love poetry - the idea of carpe diem, live for today. She suggests that time value of the hour spent
marches on, inexorably, and those moments shared by lovers in the first flush with her lover? Students
of romance must therefore be grasped and taken full advantage of.…read more

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In Paris With You
James Fenton
Background and Context
James Fenton (1949-) is a critically acclaimed poet who has won several
prestigious poetry prizes, including The Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2007. He
has worked as a war correspondent and a political journalist. His poetry often plays
with form and structure, juxtaposing more traditional forms with contemporary
language and themes. He is a prolific writer of not only poetry but also operatic
libretto.…read more

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Themes and Ideas (AO1) Targeting C
The light-hearted tone of this poem belies a strong undercurrent of How does the persona
vulnerability and anxious caution. The speaker, or persona, makes it clear that really feel in this poem?
he has been hurt by love in the past; straightforward language describes his Ask students to explain
`anger' at the way he has been betrayed, presumably by a previous lover.…read more

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Quickdraw
Carol Ann Duffy
Background and Context
`Quickdraw' comes from the collection Rapture which won the T.S. Eliot Prize for
Poetry in 2005. Duffy was awarded an OBE for services to literature in 1995, a
CBE in 2001 and became the first female Poet Laureate in 2009.
Rapture is an exploration of love ­ of the ways in which pain and joy can be
inextricably woven into the feelings experienced during a romantic relationship.…read more

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Themes and Ideas (AO1) Targeting C
The extended metaphor of a Western gunfight enables Duffy to present the How does the poet use
pain and pleasure of being in love and the difficulties of communication in a an extended metaphor to
relationship, as well as parodying the modern reliance on the mobile phone as examine the pain of an
a means of contact.…read more

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Ghazal
Mimi Khalvati
Background and Context
Mimi Khalvati was born in Tehran in 1944 and grew up on the Isle of Wight.
Her poetry reflects this dual heritage, mixing Persian and British elements. She
has been an actor and director in Iran and the UK and is founder of a women's
experimental theatre group. Khalvati was nominated for the prestigious T.S. Eliot
Prize in 2007.
`Ghazal' uses a traditional Persian form to explore the romantic relationship
between two lovers.…read more

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