Structure for unseen poetry essays

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STRUCTURE FOR AN UNSEEN
Introduction
Rephrase the question to start introduction
Some knowledge of poems to put them into context
Mention your thesis/ Set outline of argument
You may choose to offer a short quotation to support thesis (an argument)
You may choose to mention the form of the text and short aim/view of readers
Language
Continue to rephrase the question; to make sure the question is being answered (link back)
Mention language used in the poem
Provide textual detail to support point about what the language is like
Does the language create an atmosphere/ tone?
Evaluate the use of language and techniques used by poet. Why is it used and affect on reader?
Structure/Form
Mention the form/ structure of the poem
Are form/ structure used to convey a message/ add to feel for poem?
Why it is used and how effective is it on reader etc. How use of form and structure achieves this.
Themes (Wider Issues)
Mention the themes/wider issues of the poem
Mention the similarities/ differences between the themes. Why is it the case? Different goals?
How ­ talk about use
of poetic devices
"Insightful..." Use your
knowledge to consider
possible reasons of the poets
choice
"Close analysis of
detail" Providing short quotes
from the text that support your
views.
Language/structure/form
Ideas/themes techniques
Talk briefly about subject
"Imaginative..." able to come to an intelligent conclusion (inference)
Conclusion
Personal Response: Appreciation of poet's techniques/possible overall message and or purpose
(What was the poet trying to achieve?)/offers original interpretation (if you did not enjoy the text,
mention why, give critical analysis)
Sherifa Issifu 11.5

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STRUCTURE FOR AN UNSEEN
May mention how view of poem has changed on closer reading
Final point related to the focus of the question
Avoids repetition
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Sofia

is this for a2 or gcse???

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