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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 You will usually be asked to compare at least two poems, sometimes you will be given one poem and asked to choose another.
- 2 Use the language of comparison in your answers. Good words are: 'however', 'therefore', 'in contrast', 'on the other hand'.
- 3 Use PEE to help you structure your essays. This means point, evidence and explanation.
- 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 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 Maya Angelou is an African American writer of novels and poems.
- 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 She addresses her readers directly as ‘you’, asks rhetorical questions and uses repetition metaphors and similes.
- 4 Angelou references Africa’s natural riches and the exploitation of these.
- 5 The phrase Still I Rise is a refrain and is repeated three times at the end of the poem.
- Marked by Teachers essays 14
- Peer Reviewed essays 40
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- Submitted: 01/11/2010
- Reviewed by: PicturePerfect 25/02/2012
Compare the ways in which contrast is used in Someone and Two scavengers in a truck, Two beautiful people in a Mercedes
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- Submitted: 24/06/2011
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- Submitted: 10/09/2009
Compare and Contrast the way the poets(TM) present the relationship between men and women in The Beggar Woman(TM) and To His Coy Mistress(TM)
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- Submitted: 31/05/2009
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- Submitted: 30/03/2009