Revising Unseen Poetry

This is a great post. It is not based on the Edexcel Certificate, so please be aware if you are one of my students, but all that is said here is of use. I have blogged and podcasted in this area, but I think it is always good to get a seocnd opinion!

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The Poetry Across Time exam will take place on Thursday 22 May at 1.30pm. The exam consists of:

Section A – Conflict Poetry 

  • Choose from two questions – answer only 1.
  • Compare 2 poems.
  • 45 minutes

Section B – Unseen Poem

  • Answer the question.
  • 30 minutes.

In order to hit the assessment objectives you must:

  • AO1: Respond to texts critically and imaginatively; select and evaluate relevant textual detail to illustrate and support interpretations.
  • AO2: Explain how language, structure and form contribute to writers’ presentation of ideas, themes.
The Unseen Poem
  • It will be a poem you have probably never seen before
  • You are being tested on your ability to “read and respond” thoughtfully
  • You are thinking about what the writer is trying to say
  • Every word of the poem will count – easy to focus on title/first line/last line.

Same approach every time:

  1. What is this poem about as a…

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