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GCSE: Poems from Different Cultures

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How to respond to exam questions on poems from other cultures

  1. 1 You will usually be asked to compare at least two poems, sometimes you will be given one poem and asked to choose another.
  2. 2 Use the language of comparison in your answers. Good words are: 'however', 'therefore', 'in contrast', 'on the other hand'.
  3. 3 Use PEE to help you structure your essays. This means point, evidence and explanation.
  4. 4 Embed all of your quotations into your essay. Your writing should be fluid and the quote should be encased by the rest of the sentence.
  5. 5 Make sure all poetic terminology is used accurately when you discuss the language and the structure of the poem.

Maya Angelou - Still I Rise

  1. 1 Maya Angelou is an African American writer of novels and poems.
  2. 2 In Still I Rise she writes about the fact that she, as a black woman is not subjugated or broken by what has been done to both her personally and the black race as a whole.
  3. 3 She addresses her readers directly as ‘you’, asks rhetorical questions and uses repetition metaphors and similes.
  4. 4 Angelou references Africa’s natural riches and the exploitation of these.
  5. 5 The phrase Still I Rise is a refrain and is repeated three times at the end of the poem.

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    Compare Two Robert Frost Poems, The Road Not Taken & Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

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    • Submitted: 24/03/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Laura Gater 15/04/2013
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    Comparing poems 'halfe cast' and 'nothings changed'

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    • Submitted: 22/10/2007
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    The theme of father and son relationships in Digging and Follower

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    • Length: 1009 words
    • Submitted: 17/01/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Jeff Taylor 13/08/2013
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    Poetry from other cultures

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    • Length: 1300 words
    • Submitted: 14/02/2006
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    How are anger and frustration presented in 'Nothing's Changed' and 'Half-Caste'?

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    • Length: 1410 words
    • Submitted: 15/07/2004
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 10/05/2013
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