Exam answer help/ poetry and lots of other help (english lit.)

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Poetry: Armitage, Duffy and pre - 1914
How do we tame the beast?
In your exam, you will be expected to compare and contrast different
poems. This means that in order to achieve a good grade, you will need to do more
than just list everything you know about each poem. You should aim at
establishing a comparison between poems in each paragraph of your essay.
Here are some guidelines!!
Start your essay by giving the titles of the poems and names of the poets
you will be discussing.
Try to classify the poems. What sort of poems are they? (e.g. sonnet,
limerick, haiku, ode, acrostic, ballad, etc.)
Briefly write about similarities and differences of the poems (no more than
two lines).
Paragraph 2 - Themes
Think about the themes the poets explore in the poems. What do you think the
poems are really about?
Do they present the same theme from a different perspective? How?
Write what you think are the messages the poets are trying to make you
share with them.
Paragraph 3 - Imagery
What are the pictures in the poems?
Are metaphors, similes or personification used to explain ideas?
Are there parts of the poems that ask you to use your senses of hearing,
sight, smell, touch or taste? Do these add to your enjoyment of the poems?
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Paragraph 4 - Form and Structure
How are the poems arranged on the pages? (e.g.lines, verses, layout, shape.)
Where are the breaks in the poems?
Look at the length of the lines ­ do they make a pattern?
Is there progression between one verse and the next?
Why do you think the poet has used this structure?
Paragraph 5 ­ Rhyme and rhythm
Do the poems rhyme? What is the rhyming pattern? (e.g. ABAB or ABCB,
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What's the Word?
When reading a poem you must pretend you are Sherlock Holmes. There will be
lots of figures of speech (alliteration, metaphor, simile, etc) and you will have to
track them down identify them. Here are the usual suspects:
Alliteration: repetition of closely connected words beginning with the same
letter, usually a consonant. It is used to highlight the feeling of sound
and movement, to intensify meaning, or to bind words together, e.g.…read more

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Assonance 3) Repetition of the same consonant.
d) Imagery 4) Repetition of the same vowel.
e) Metaphor 5) Words are used to imitate sounds.
f) Onomatopoeia 6) Comparison using words as or like.
g) Simile 7) Punctuation that splits a line in half.
h) Personification 8) One of the divisions of a poem.
i) Stanza 9) non-human things are given human
j) Enjambement 10) Comparison. You say that one
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Stealing Delight in
For Leisure
My Father Father's
Though It attitude to
The Hitcher
The Man He Killing as a
Killed duty and a
e of war.
Song Of The
Old Mother
On My First Loss of a
Sonne young son.
The Intention
Laboratory to kill.
Crime Watch
Some of the poems in your anthology tell us the story of a crime.…read more

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You have the right to remain silent but everything you say can and will be used
1- What do the three poems have in common? What are they
2- The different personae of the poems chose different ways of killing their
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In a text, many images are created through key words or even ideas. For example
in "Education For Leisure" the poet refers to "an ordinary day./ A sort of grey
with boredom stirring in the streets". This is also known as pathetic fallacy.
A: EASY!! Imagery where the weather or nature
is used to describe someone's mood or feelings.…read more

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In your exam, you will have to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the poems and
of different poetic devices. However, in order to boost your grade, it is
important that you remember to explain the effect of those poetic devices on the
reader. Remember, P.E.E is essential!
Poetic device Quotation Effect
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