English GCSE - Poetry

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Section A - 45 minutes

  • What to include:
    • Introduction: include a brief description of each poem
    • Point 1: use PEE to compare the language
    • Point 2: use PEE to compare the form and/or structure
    • Point 3: use PEE to compare the feelings and attitudes
    • Conclusion: summarise all the points made and link them back to the question
  • Remember to:
    • Give your own thoughts and opinions
    • Explain in detail using quotes
    • Describe the similarites and differences 
  • Other things to include:
    • Use if imagery and nature
    • Use of similes/metaphors
    • Change throughout the poem
    • Use of repitition
    • Whether its past, present or future
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Section B - 30 minutes

  • What to include:
    • Introduction: include a brief description of the poem
    • Point 1: use PEE to describe the language
    • Point 2: use PEE to describe the form and/or structure
    • Point 3: use PEE to describe the feelings and attitudes
    • Conclusion: summarise all the points made and link them back to the question
  • Remember to:
    • Give your own thoughts and opinions
    • Explain in detail using quotes
  • Other things to include:
    • Use if imagery and nature
    • Use of similes/metaphors
    • Change throughout the poem
    • Use of repitition
    • Whether its past, present or future
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