GCSE AQA English Literature Unit 2: Poetry Across Time: Sample Question

This is a document of a sample question for the Unit 2 exam for English Literature. There are tips on structuring your essay and how to write it. Some of the tips are from the Anthology but I made up the other tips to help myself and others. :) 

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Compare the ways poets explore strong feelings about another person in `Quick draw'
(page 24) and in one other poem from Relationships. (36 marks)
Mark Scheme (Page 58) GCSE AQA Anthology (CGP)
1: Introduction ­ Never say `In this essay' or `I'm going to' or `I will now'
Introduce it with sophistication and relate your introduction to the themes.
Clarify what the poems are about. Try starting it like this `Poets often use...' or `Strong
feelings are explored throughout...' or `Poets use strong emotions to reinforce' `The
exploration of strong emotions establish ...'
2: Language ­ Make it clear what the paragraph is about once you get to this stage and
Remember to keep making comparisons. Use short quotes to back up your points and
explain what they convey. Also use technical terms when possible e.g. `internal rhyme' once
you've explained the technical term, explain what the technical term does. Don't just say
`[poet's name] uses internal rhyme such as `tone. I twirl the phone'. Instead say `Internal
rhyme is successfully used in the second stanza `tone. I twirl the phone' which adds emphasis
to the fractured rhythm of the poem.
3: Form and Structure ­ Stay focused on the question's theme and comment on the effect
of poetic devices. Remember to be analytical and do not lose the flow in your writing. Explain
with detail when you come across this e.g. `You've wounded me' signifies the feelings of
intense pain towards the speaker.'
4: Feelings and Attitudes ­ Explain the feelings and talk about differences and similarities
between the poems as well as giving a personal response. When describing the feelings and
attitudes, use words like `convey, illustrate, inflict and evoke' when explaining. Remember
to use short quotes!
5: Conclusion ­ Again, refer back to the themes of the poem like you did in your
introduction and end with a brief summary of your ideas and refer it back to the question.
Make sure your conclusion is amazing for top marks.


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