Relevant and fun (ish) way to Revise for 'Unseen Poetry' exams

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I think the first thing you need to get over before you start revising for poetry is the stereotype that it's 'stuffy middle aged english teachers' that write, and are interested in poetry. Most good chart music has got poetic techniques in it, so I thought I'd give some good examples of poetic devices in quality music!

"Lisa likes brandy and the way it hits her lips, 

She's a rock and roll survivor with pendulum hips" - L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N - Noah and the Whale

Pendulum hips is a metaphor - we know that its referring to her swinging hips when she's dancing rather than her hips actually being a pendulum.

"Stones taught me to fly,

Love taught me to lie,

So come on courage, teach me to be shy" - Cannonball - Damien Rice/Little Mix

This is a technique called juxtaposition - where two opposite or contrasting images are placed together for effect. Stones can't fly, they can't even move by themselves. Love is meant to be honest, not lying. And courage is pretty much the direct opposite of shyness. So why has he put them together? Personally I think his message in doing this is that some things which seem



I love this, it's really interesting and creative! Thanks for this! :-)


Remarkably a great source of revision!

Thank you.


Remarkably a great source of revision!

Thank you.

Haleema Ali


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