Poetry

A significant part of the GCSE English Literature course is the study of poetry. During the course you will study works by two poets. One being a literary heritage poet and the other a contemporary poet (see the anthology below).

Literary Heritage Poetry

As a part of your GCSE English Literature you must complete a unit of Controlled Assessment (see Controlled Assessment page for details). You will be studying and discussing a pair of poets by one of the following poets;

Robert Browning Geoffrey Chaucer Thomas Hardy
Wilfred Owen Christina Rossetti Shakespeare's Sonnets

Contemporary Poetry

The final unit in your GCSE Literature course is assessed in the final 1h30 examination paper (as well as a literary heritage prose text). In the exam you will have to write one essay, from a choice of three, on either one or two poems. You will study 15 poems from the work of one of the following poets;

Simon Armitage Gillian Clarke Wendy Cope
Seamus Heaney Carol Anne Duffy Benjamin Zephaniah

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The contemporary poetry question addresses two Assessment Objectives;

AO1 Critical response to texts
- respond to texts critically and imaginatively
- select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations

AO2 Analysing Language, Structure, Form
- Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers' presentation of ideas, themes and settings

THIS MEANS THAT IN YOUR ANSWER YOU MUST DEMONSTRATE THAT YOU...

1. have read the text carefully and understand it at all levels
2. understand characters, relationships, attitudes, motives
3. can select quotations from the novel to illustrate the points that you make
4. understand and can discuss how writers use language to achieve specific effects and how use of language and technique create specific meanings

Duffy

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