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"Love after Love" and "This Room" Love after love is a poem written by Derek Walcott it is all about finding your self and its telling you how to move on, it looks at the past and reflects all the good and bad things that had happened then. It tells you to be happy just the way you are. It also says that sad love after affair can restrict us, making us neglect ourselves but optimistic message that we will throw this off and be happy again. This room is a poem written by Imitaz Dharker, which has a similar idea of throwing you off restrictions and constraints but more, symbolic, showing that restrictions could be anything. ...read more.


This is implying that it is an exciting, lively poem, more effervescent than other, almost like a cartoon with its crazy ideas. It also says "when the improbable arrives" this is an important line because she is expressing the need to break out of constraints, to relish the unexpected and live life fully. When it says "I'm wondering where I've left my feet" This implies that they are all confused and unaware of what is happening. The poems have different form and structure, Love after love has a free verse to match the ideas of the poem because it is about the freedom to be ourselves. ...read more.


The poem also uses monosyllables like "Sit, here and eat" this shows that the poem is very simple and easy to understand. The poem also uses religious associations it says "Give wine, give bread" this refers to Jesus' Last Supper, which suggests that the poem is very special like Jesus. In this Room the present tense Is used throughout the poem so it captures the action of all this activity it says "This room is breaking out", "the bed is lifting" and "Chairs are rising." The poem uses alliteration it says "Celebration, clang" this creates tension and makes the poem sound more exciting. ...read more.

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The answer given here is in response to a question that asks about the presentation of themes in Derek Walcott's 'Love After Love' and Imtiaz Dharker's 'This Room'. The answer focuses very systematically but well on a range of poetic ...

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Response to the question

The answer given here is in response to a question that asks about the presentation of themes in Derek Walcott's 'Love After Love' and Imtiaz Dharker's 'This Room'. The answer focuses very systematically but well on a range of poetic devices from the two poems, comparing to some fair extent the messages the poets are conveying and also what themes are explored. The candidate should aim to elaborate further on the Explanation segment of the PEE (Point, Evidence & Explanation) and in some case the Evidence segments also. This is because without these to, the candidate is left making points about the poems like "the poem is very special" without commenting on why or how this speciality is achieved.

Level of analysis

The Level of Analysis is indicative of a C grade candidate for GCSE. There is evidence that the candidate has a good understanding of Dharker and Walcott's themes and the message they convey. What needs working on to a fair extent is the commentary of the effect on the reader. There is almost no consideration of how the poets themes and use of language directly affects the reader, but there is at least some evidence of an understanding of what the poets achieve with their poetic devices.
The commentary in language is good, though the quotation style is quite clunky and may need refining - candidates aiming for top band should always no exactly which few words to pick, rather than commenting on a large line from a stanza and expecting the examiner to understand which word is being referred to. Also, some of the analysis lacks sufficient depth - what is the effect of using the line "Give wine. Give bread.". The candidate does well to make the link to The Last Supper and Jesus but to gain further marks, the candidate might consider how Jesus's wine and bread were said to be his blood and body respectively - Jesus gave his own flesh and blood for his companions. What does this say about what Walcott is trying to achieve? How does this tie in with the message of the poem? These are the questions the candidate needs to be answering to gain higher marks.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication is quite poor. A frequent misuses of grammar and punctuation, whilst not completely compromising the clarity of what the candidate is trying to say, does make it very hard to fully understand. The candidate should be aware of their QWC at all times, because of the examiner struggles to read the answer, they are not obliged to decipher what could be very good analysis. I recommend re-reading each paragraph after it's finished to ensure QWC is consistently high.

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