English Literature Essay Writing - STILTS

A way I have been taught at school to help structure literature essays with these 6 factors

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  • Created on: 22-05-11 16:34

STILTS

Subject

Theme

Imagery

Language

Tone

Structure

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Subject

Subject    or setting.

What the poem is about, or the idea or thing it represents.

Eg. 

Its really simply, the subject of 'Kid' is a grown-up Robin saying he is better and stronger than Batman. 

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Theme

Theme

A running principal or theme that runs through a poem

Eg.

'Anne Hathaway' and 'Sonnet 130' both have the theme of Love but have completely different subject

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Imagery

Imagery

How imagery is used in poems, such as similes and metaphors.

Eg.

In 'The Laboratory', the poet uses the alliteration of 'moisten and mash' to portray the character as being overdramatic and almost maniacal - which she is

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Language

Language

What kind of words are used to give it its tone.

Eg.

'Anne Hathaway' uses romantic language such as 'lovers words' to set up a theme of love.

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Tone

Tone

What kind of vibe or feel do you get from the poem?

Eg. 

'Before you were mine' has an almost regretful tone as the reader feels she is responsible for her mother becoming dull since she was born

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Structure

Structure

How the poem is laid out and presented

Eg.

The structure of 'The Song of The Old Mother is in a way that reminds of a song. The repetition and rhythm is like the woman sings the song whilst she works to forget that she has lots of work to do

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Comments

Rhea

clever, i think i'll use this with my pupils.

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