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Poems of the Decade


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The Important Info

AS English Literature Paper 1: Poetry and Drama (Edexcel)

72 marks  – 24 marks for Section A and 48 marks for Section B. 60% weighting

Exam Length: 2 hour (80 min on Drama; 40 min on Poetry)

Open book – clean copies of the texts can be taken into the examination.

Section APoetry: students answer one question from a choice of two. Comparative essay question on a named poem from the studied text, plus a free choice of second poem from the selected list. Students will draw on their knowledge of poetic form, language, and conventions (AO1, AO2, AO4 assessed).

Section BDrama: one essay question from a choice of two (character and theme) (AO1, AO2, AO3, AO5 assessed).

Breakdown of Assessment Objectives for Poetry (Paper 1 is 60% of total AS mark)
AO1 Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written
AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts (language, structure, form)
AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received NOT ASSESSED IN POETRY
AO4 Explore connections across literary texts
AO5 Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations NOT ASSESSED IN POETRY

In this paper, students are required to:

  • show knowledge and understanding of a range of literary texts and make connections and explore the relationships between texts
  • show knowledge and understanding of how playwrights use dramatic forms to shape meaning in drama texts and evoke responses in audiences
  • show knowledge and understanding of the function of genre features and conventions in poetry
  • show knowledge and understanding of a range of ways to read texts, including reading for detail of how writers use and adapt language, form and structure in texts, responding critically and creatively
  • show knowledge of the contexts in which texts have been produced and received
  • respond to and critically evaluate texts, drawing on their understanding of interpretations by different readers
  • identify and explore how attitudes and values are expressed in texts
  • communicate fluently, accurately and effectively their knowledge, understanding and evaluation of texts
  • use literary critical concepts and terminology with understanding and discrimination
  • make appropriate use of the conventions of writing in literary studies, referring accurately and appropriately to texts

Session 1  History of Poetry

A. Billy Collins

B. The Anglo Saxons

pheasant_gun Session 2 Poetry and The Gun

imgres-1 Session 3 Material & Genetics

A. Inheritance

B. Material and Genetics questions

images  Session 4  Eat Me & Map Woman

A. Map-woman-evidence-hunt

after-the-bath-woman-drying-her-feet-1886  Session 5 Leisure Centre

A. Song-of-Songs-1-New-International-Version

images-1Session 6 9-yr-old and Easy Passage

A. 9-year-old-self-key-words

B. Questions-on-the-coming-of-age-poems

images-2  Session 7 Shiva

A. shiva-and-material-comparison-sheet

imgres-2  Session 8 Chainsaw & Disappointed 

Interview with Andrew Motion

Motion on Desert Island discs

Motion’s top tips for being a poet

Interview with Simon Armitage

Cars+on+motorway_760_17768111_0_0_6042_300  Session 9 Minor Role & Furthest 

Guiseppe and The Furthest Distances

6.Taking-Journalism-to-be-a-War-Correspondent  Session 10 War Correspondent

670px-Write-a-Last-Minute-Essay-Step-5  Session 11 Writing essays

session-11-writing-essays (1)

Session 12

Lammas Hireling and The Deliverer

Intro to Lammas Hireling

Reading of The Deliverer

Doshi’s website

Session 13

Song, Dover, Fantasia ppt

Look We Have Coming to Dover

Look We Have Coming to Dover

Nagra on his poetry (excellent)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fantasia on the Theme of James Wright

Fantasia James Wright

Sebastian Faulks on Fantasia . . .



General resources

  1. Grid for first reading of poem
  2. Comparing Poems grid
  3. GLOSSARY-FOR-poetry
  4. mixed-up-definitions-to-help-fill-in-glossary
  5. Poetry-Connections
  7. How to analyse a poem
  8. Analysing structure
  9. Analysing structure 2
  10. How to write a comparison essay
  11. AS poetry essay exemplars
  12. Explanation of Rhythm and Rhyme
  13. AS Poetry exam Qs
  14. Connection Grid

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