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Igcse Songs Of Ourselves Essay Questions

iGCSE – Songs of Ourselves – Volume 2, Part 1 (Love and Family)

IGCSE is probably the first time you’ve had to do any serious analytical writing about poetry and this site is designed to help you along the way with your journey. Alongside analysis of each of the poems in your selection, you will find a range of useful resources including student essay responses, the mark criteria, essay writing tips and whatever else I feel might come in handy for you.

However, the purpose of this site, and my analysis in particular, is not to provide you with a cheat sheet or the definitive answers, but rather to help explain some of the key ideas and ease you into developing your own interpretation.

Here is a brief summary of how I organise my analysis:

Analysis Breakdown

*Overview – a short summary of what the poem is about.

*Context – background information about the poet/the poem. I’ve tried to limit this to things that are relevant to your understanding of the poem… occasionally I get carried away though.

*Themes – the main ideas dealt with in the poem. This is particularly useful to know when thinking about the comparison questions.

*Content – step by step through the poem explaining what it is about. The most important section.

*Language and techniques – highlighting key words or phrases and their use, as well as different literary techniques and why they’ve been used.

*Structure – everything relevant about the way the poem is built and explaining how to write about it effectively.

*Tone – the emotion of the poem and the way it would be read.

Analysis

1. The Clod and the Pebble (William Blake)
Pupil Analysis – (Riya Yadav)

2. Song (Lady Mary Wroth)
Pupil Analysis – (Yolomon)

4. Passion (Kathleen Rain)
Pupil Analysis (Anushka Kulkami)

7. Love (III) (George Herbert)
8. Lovers’ Infiniteness (John Donne)
11. ‘She was a Phantom of Delight’ (William Wordsworth)
14. Tiger in the Menagerie (Emma Jones)

16. lion heart (Amanda Chong)
19. Heart and Mind (Edith Sitwell)
20. For My Grandmother Knitting (Liz Lochhead)
23. Father Returning Home (Dilip Chitre)
Pupil Analysis (Arnav Gupta)

25. The Lost Woman… (Patricia Beer)
26. Stabat Mater (Sam Hunt)
Pupil Analysis (Krati Jain)

27. Coming Home (Owen Sheers)

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Song of Ourselves Volume 2 Love and Family – Word document with all the poems in. Perfect for quick printing.
How to Write the Perfect Essay– analysis of the way I would approach essay writing.
Mark Criteria – a description of how your essays and exams will be marked.

I am now underway with this selection and will hopefully post a new analysis every week or two.

IGCSE is probably the first time you’ve had to do any serious analytical writing about poetry and this site is designed to help you along the way with your journey. Alongside analysis of each of the poems in your selection, you will find a range of useful resources including student essay responses, the mark criteria, essay writing tips and whatever else I feel might come in handy for you.

However, the purpose of this site, and my analysis in particular, is not to provide you with a cheat sheet or the definitive answers, but rather to help explain some of the key ideas and ease you into developing your own interpretation.

Here is a brief summary of how I organise my analysis:

Click here for Analysis Breakdown

*Overview – a short summary of what the poem is about.

*Context – background information about the poet/the poem. I’ve tried to limit this to things that are relevant to your understanding of the poem… occasionally I get carried away though.

*Themes – the main ideas dealt with in the poem. This is particularly useful to know when thinking about the comparison questions.

*Content – step by step through the poem explaining what it is about. The most important section.

*Language and techniques – highlighting key words or phrases and their use, as well as different literary techniques and why they’ve been used.

*Structure – everything relevant about the way the poem is built and explaining how to write about it effectively.

*Tone – the emotion of the poem and the way it would be read.

Analysis

1. For Heidi With Blue Hair
2. Elegy For My Father’s Father
3.One Art
4.Reservist
5. Cold In The Earth
6. Meeting At Night
7. Because I Could Not Stop For Death
8. The Trees

9. The Trees Are Down
10. Praise Song For My Mother
11. Anthem For Doomed Youth
12. Attack
13. My Parents
14. Song: Tears, Idle Tears
15. Friend


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Songs of Ourselves – Volume 1 Part 5 – Poems– a handy printable resource with all the poems, perfect for you to scribble your annotations all over!
CIE iGCSE Literature Syllabus 2017-2018 – official syllabus with details of your entire course.

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