GCSE Poetry: Comparing Four Poems

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GCSE Poetry: Comparing Four Poems
For your exam, you will need to show that you can compare the four poems by making a few
comparisons:
Example: `My last Duchess' and `The Laboratory' are set in the 19th century whereas `Education
for leisure' and `The Hitcher' are set in contemporary Britain (Now).
TIPS:
Do not make too many points while comparing the 4 poems.
One about language, one or two about meaning and one about structure would be brilliant!
However, you must compare two poems in more detail.
Your Points might include....
Language:
Which Poems use archaic (old) language and which one use colloquial (everyday) language?
Provide Quotations:
Are the four poems monologue, therefore using the first person `I' ?
Structure:
Which poem is not set out in stanzas, unlike the others? What effect does it have on the reader?
Meaning:
Which poems involve a female character? What difference does it make?
In what ways do the Characters' motives (reason for killing) differ (are not the same)?
Which poems involve sexual jealousy?
What are the similarities between all the characters in the poem?
Sentence Starters:
The poems are similar in that .................................. / They all involve.................................
Unlike `The Hitcher' and `Education for leisure', `My Last Duchess' and `The laboratory'
.......................
The main character in ________________ is definitely a female whereas it
is.............................................
Make sure to compare 4 poems to get at least a B
Note: I have copied this from a sheet that my teacher had given me and I have changed some of the
text so this is not all my work, even though I have changed some of the text.

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