The Poetry Question // GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE (8/9) TOP TIPS + EXAMPLE ANSWER



hi everyone welcome back to my channel today I'm doing kind of a sentimental video because I'm returning my GCSE AQA mifflin English literature poetry which I loved um well I say I loved I guess is the hardest part of the course in many ways the poetry but I did love it in my in its own special way as much as I hated it it's very much love hate relationships anyway this video was requested thank you very much – Parris – Ronnie I'm sure I didn't say that right but thank you very much for this video idea and I understand why because it's a particularly difficult bit of the course the English sector of course so just by going on what I knew I got an eighth English literature don't know I don't know what marks they got in the poetry bit but hopefully they're quite good I think there are three important parts of the poetry exam that three types of understanding shall we say the first one is understanding of the techniques um no poetry techniques but also the techniques are in each the individual poems you should understand those what they mean and what they do and what effect they give also understanding of context this one is particularly important for the poetry because there is so like you have to know context about all the different poems which come from all different eras all from all different writers but a lot of your marks in poetry I believe do come from the context so make sure they're very familiar with that and also understanding of themes and by this I mean actually understanding the meaning of the poem itself what the purpose is first I'm just gonna go over annotation because I think there are several different stages to annotating poems I'm gonna get up my last Duchess because this is my favorite poem I've got quite a lot of annotation on it so it's just you do first is before your teacher goes through and annotates these poems with you I would have a read write down what you think the poem is about anything that comes off to you as important and make sure you you just write a note of that somewhere just so you've got a kind of basic understanding on it and it doesn't have to even be right it's just how you interpret the poem next of course it's going to class take down what your teacher says there's you some kind of PowerPoint or maybe your teacher will just just speak to you what they think about it or the textbook thinks about it and then write down those which is which will make up the majority of your annotation I would say then after that go home and watch mr. broth mr. broth is very very good for poetry he does a video on every single poem that you have in your apology and he does extremely detailed videos on there with so much bomb I seriously recommend watching them for every single one you do every time you study in class just you have like an extra layer of understanding then I would highlight the important quotes how do you know which one's the important quotes like here you can see highlighting going on through here the important quotes are the ones which particularly convey the themes of the poem again your teacher should probably tell you this what what the purpose of the poem is and once you've got that down you can kind of tell for yourself which is the most important quotes so like here for example I've got I gave commands then all smiles stopped together which I think very much encapsulate the whole the whole idea of the poem and it's going to be very useful one to memorize so go through and just highlight most of one's and then you need to make a quote list this one's got quite a few on but I would recommend putting three or four on here and those the ones you're going to memorize um even though I say these are quite a lot I've chosen very small ones here like sir like quotes at GCSE can't be that short obviously don't have a lot of them technique analysis because as far as from what I know from what I remember the poetry czar comparison so you'll get given a poem which please don't have to worry about memorizing those but you also have to hare that poem with something with similar themes so then that's why you need to remember like three quotes and each which cover different spectrums of all the different themes so that you you are prepared if a question comes up and you kind of know something yes that's going to I have four annotation terms of context like I said knowing context is very important I found this a little sheet that I made during my rotation period for the context because I didn't know this probably until a couple of weeks before I think I made this I would say this is the most important bit of the poetry exam because if you don't know the context but the one that comes up you are so screwed like it's so important because the whole meaning of the text comes from the context and there's so much you can say like for example remains by Simon Armitage which there was another one I loved that was about PTSD and sometimes the techniques that are used reflect the context so well at the bullets and everything and if you don't know that kind of detail there you're not gonna be able to talk about anything at all and that's way more important than memorizing quotes believe me next is knowing the themes of the poem so I'll teach to do this ask one of our teachers because we had like six different teachers throughout year eleven because we kept getting abandoned that's one of our teachers wrote down all the poems yeah all the things in the top and then color-coded which ones she thought reflected certain themes I disagreed with some if you can see with it with the pink that I've added in work on oh sorry it's also bad so how did you go about actually answering this question structurally now in a key way you definitely don't use to do an introduction or conclusion so don't worry about that but you should have an idea of kind of what you're gonna argue as you start writing so it makes you have like a little plan I would say you kind of have two options either you do it bean by theme so exposed by Wilfred Owen came up if you kept storming the island to compare that with you can purr first theme of war and do that in a paragraph and say how these relate you the chaos and everything and then have a paragraph on weather or something like that or of course you could do it the other way round and do a paragraph on exposure by Wilfred Owen paragraph is still in Ireland so I have found an example poetry comparison that I've done and this graded a seventh class and then then with the next steps it might have been an eighth I'm gonna read it to you it's comparison between Ozymandias and one other poem which I chose as checking out my history in Ozymandias those in power are presented as narcissistic as humanness describes himself as king of kings which is a biblical reference to Jesus which suggests posi man Deus saw himself as godlike the reader perceives Ozymandias to be obnoxious and self-obsessed as he sees himself as untouchable and in complete control much like God himself in a theist in a theistic point of view however percy shelley was an atheist so it can be argued that he was using Ozymandias cruel himself obsessed to criticize christianity by comparing him to Jesus on the other hand the author could have used this comparison to show how Ozymandias actually cared for his people Jesus being an incarnation of God was kind and accepting of all people as well as trying to bring good to the world by using Ozymandias direct speech the author has portrayed him as believing himself to be caring of his people as he has a heart that fed also just by actually treating them I'm sorry is he believing himself to be caring of all people as he had a heart that fed also despite actually treating them poorly similarly in checking out the history John a God presents those in power as self-obsessed this is a comparison of a European nursery rhyme taught in schools with nan EDA marooned to show the irrelevance of Western teachings to him this shows that those an edge of occasional power white men to be self-important as they saw their head history is more relevant than the history of black people those of different ethnic origins in Ozymandias those in power are presented as foolish the author uses irony to highlight Ozymandias is stupidity he also who describes his works as mighty and yet the landscape is boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch far away the contrast of the image of Oz madness is mighty world and the bear doesn't show the reader everything as mortal and time eventually destroys everything to believe otherwise would be foolish as in the end it announced nothing furthermore the alliteration of boundless and bare the lone and level sands stretch it's constantly shifting from b2l to s which mirrors the message of the poem that everything ends and moves on like Ozymandias rain Shelley used Ozymandias is a way to criticize the monarchy of the time inconspicuously there was an arco government in Shelley's era which meant there were fewer freedoms as that are now we can assume from the poem that Shelley thought King George to be foolish like Ozymandias and believed himself to be mighty when in fact his only temporary like Ozymandias similarly and checking out the history those in power are presented as foolish a guy described as being taught about the cow who jump over to moon which comes from a nursery rhyme written for children this makes Western education seem foolish and those who teach it foolish as there are more important things to learn about a God has chosen a very ridiculous example to contrast of the serious nary nanny de marine 20 says the foolishness of those in power and my feedback and that was the second point when checking out my history is very similar to the point already made so I responded to this with similarly in check similarly yeah similarly in checking out my history agar juices Caribbean fanatics to show the foolishness of both Western society in the reader when the reader first reads the poem they see the misspelling of words like the an assumed the narrator is stupid however a guard is showing that the western way of doing things is not always the correct way as in Caribbean phonetics this way of spelling makes much more sense this forces the reader to question their teachings they acknowledge the wrongly made assumptions the idea can be broadened beyond to say that a guide was forcing the reader to question their assumptions about race in general and changed their outlook on other ethnicities which we relevant which would be very relevant at the time this poem was written now I would say that wasn't my best work but you can kind of see my style I like to do lots of different interpretations I think we've actually covered everything I hope you enjoyed don't this helped if you have any more questions please make sure you add them in the comment section I hope that helped see you next time

23 thoughts on “The Poetry Question // GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE (8/9) TOP TIPS + EXAMPLE ANSWER

  1. nobody cares what u got for ur bludclart gcse exam so relax urself bigman and wear tht make up styll cah i dont like the spots una

  2. Structure, structure and more structure. But don’t forget context. For example in the poem ‘Ozymandias’, which is written in sonnet form. You can say why the poet has decided to do this. Can get you up to a grade 7,8 or 9

  3. you are honestly… HONESTLY ONE OF THE MOST HELPFFUL PERSON for GCSE!!! So many people are so general on youtube and they don't care enough to give examples and show us how. You are amazing i thank you so much! I watched your video for french and I felt so much more confident! I'm gonna take your advice! TYSM.

  4. can you show a picture of that table where the poems are compared??

  5. Just thought I'd share a tip my teacher gave me which got me full marks in a comparison:

    use the LIPS to identify techniques in a poem (language, ideas, poetic techniques and structure) and have a separate paragraph for each of these. So I did an introduction about ideas followed by LPS.

  6. This is kind of a hard question. I procrastinate ALOT when it comes to revising and I can't get myself to be serious about the exam until like a day before and I obviously get SUPER stressed about it what shall i do?

  7. This video is really helpful ! it would be great if you do video on how you revised for history.

  8. Thanks, 1 other rwally important question I am super struggling with : WRITING how do you think of an idea for creative/ descriptive writing in exam condition. How to write enough and good quality writing in 45 minutes s because now I can only write 200-300 words and not good vocabulary …

  9. This video came at the best time! Tomorrow is my first mock and exam for poetry. (im year 11 btw).

  10. Hi Ellie. This video was a real help, especially the exemplar answer. I could not request you anymore if you could make videos featuring your exemplar answers. You have really good ideas and I feel like the more I see of them I can get the grasp of picking up good ideas and interpretations even more. Thank you!

  11. Love this video, really struggle with this part of the course. x

  12. Thanks so much for this video! I bet I'll be watching it a lot until my GCSEs! Xxx

  13. Hey Ellie your an inspiration to me. I love your revision videos. Please can u do a video on on English lit how u revise but not the poetry part just the texts how u revised for them. Also, is it too late to be making revision notes and learning everything for gcse and getting A* at gcse. Thanks.

  14. I’ve just started learning poetry in English lit, I can’t decide whether I love or hate😂x

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