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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.
How does Sujata Bhatt show that identity is important in Serch for my tongue? Compare the methods she uses with another poet uses to show that identity is important in one other poem.3 star(s)
- Word count: 1042
- Submitted: 16/05/2010
- Reviewed by: sydneyhopcroft 09/03/2012
- Word count: 488
- Submitted: 12/04/2010
- Reviewed by: happy_giggles 29/03/2012
How the poets create and use a metaphor in 'This room'. Compare this to one or more poems are also use metaphors3 star(s)
- Word count: 882
- Submitted: 01/02/2008
- Reviewed by: sydneyhopcroft 27/02/2012