When mentioning poets that you have enjoyed reading should you mention your favourite poems by them or is this a bit of a no-no?
I just like modern poetry, so I've put down random poets and bits and pieces that I like from them. Not poems, but collections and ideas, for example Ted Hughs' Crow.
A little editing would seem to be in order
Edit: argh (again). I just can't make myself do that. I don't like enough metaphysical poets, etc. I've just said that I like the theme of religion in literature. and put in some examples. It'll have to do.
Just English personal statements in general are so hard! (Or even just personal statements!) There's so much to write about with regards to the subject and then you have to fit in all your EC stuff too... I've ended up with so little that's subject specific it's ridiculous, focusing it all around experience :/ God, hope it's Ok...
I'm not sure about the parting with EC stuff or not... Would people say that if it's relevant to the course to keep it in? Or just fairly unusual to make you stand out?
I'm sure that English personal statements are the hardest kind to write... its all so subjective, i.e. what constitutes 'worthy' literature and whether our thoughts on it are 'good enough'. Its not like maths where you can like binary code or whatever, or medicine where you can just put down "I have 5 As and 6 months hospital work experience".
I'm applying for english, english and creative writing, creative writing, so have to make it applicable to all, as well as getting ec's in. Moose - personally, I have eliminated stuff like sports and music, just because there were more relevent things. However if you've done something truly amazing (I don't know, climbed mount everest or something) then you might want to include it. And a quick line or two about positions of responsibility can't hurt.