GCSE English Literature AQA Anthology Poems - Carol Ann Duffy, Simon Armitage and from the Pre-1914 Poetry Bank - Revision Guide

A complete 35 page analysis of the poems Havisham, Elvis's Twin Sister, Anne Hathaway, Salome, Before You Were Mine, Stealing, 'Mother, any distance greater thana single span', 'My father thought it...', Homecoming, November, Kid, Hitcher, On my first Sonne, The Song of the Old Mother, The Man He Killed, Sonnet 130, My Last Duchess and The Laboratory. For the GCSE English Literature Examination, from the book 'AQA Anthology - GCSE English/English Literature - Specification A - 2005 onwards'. Good luck. Enjoy.

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English Literature
Anthology Poetry
GCSE

By Ciaran O'Connell

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Contents
Carol Ann Duffy
Havisham
Elvis's Twin Sister
Anne Hathaway
Salome
Before You Were Mine
Stealing
Simon Armitage
"Mother, any distance..."
"My father thought it..."
Homecoming
November
Kid
Hitcher
Pre-1914 Poetry Bank
On my first Sonne [Ben Jonson]
The Song of the Old Mother [William Butler Yeats]
The Man he…

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Carol Ann Duffy
Havisham
Form

1st person
= Dramatic Monologue
= Poet takes on character from a book

Language

"Beloved Sweetheart Bastard"
= Plosive
= Lack of punctuation
= Flowing out
= All things exist at once ­ Anger + Love
= Oxymoronic
"Spinster. I stink and remember"
"Whole days…

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= He is no longer a man
= No other women may have him
"love's / hate behind a white veil"
= Love is hate behind a white veil
= The hate belongs to love
= Hidden true feelings
"a red balloon bursting / in my face"
"Bang."
= Enjambment…

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Form

1st person persona
Dramatic monologue


Language

"convent", "pray", "Sister Presley", "Reverend Mother", "Gregorian chant", "habit",
"wimple", "rosary", "grace"
= Religious language
= References to nun
"y'all", "digs", "Lawdy", "Long time"
= Colloquial
= Sense of Voice
"pray for the immortal soul / of rock `n' roll"
= Soul of…

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Anne Hathaway

Form

14 lines
= Challenges Ideas and Expectations of Sonnet
st
1 Person
= Personal view point
= Challenges idea of why it is `2nd best'



Language

"a spinning world", "he'd written me"
= Magical ­ other worldly
= Shakespeare ­ creates this world
"touch, by scent, by…

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Salome
Form

1st person dramatic monologue
Focuses on her ­ not penitent
"..." Ellipsis = Creates time change

Language

"it"
= Cataphoric reference
"reddish", "matted", "pain", "colder than pewter", "crimson mouth"
= References to death and blood
Rhetorical questions
= Questioning adds to uncertainty / ambiguity
= Arrogance
= Wondering,…

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Before You Were Mine

Form

1st person
Reflective
Personal



Language

"I'm ten years away from the corner you laugh on."
= Puts herself into the picture
= Perspective
= 10 years before she is born
"pals"
= Colloquial
= Scottish
"Marilyn"
= Marilyn Monroe
= Glamorous and free
= Reference…

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= Haunts
= That `lifestyle' is dead
"clear as scent"
= The smell of her mother
= Evokes strong visual memories
"Whose small bites on your neck, sweetheart?"
= Role reversal
= Echoes "Ma's" response
= Glamorous
"Cha. Cha. Cha", "lights"
= Glamorous
= Ballroom Scene
"stamping stars from the…

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