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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?
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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 wouldn't, no. The reason being that it looks slightly GCSE or AS level to list out the favourite poems - if you're going to mention a poet I suggest you're fairly well acquainted with a wide range of her or his works. I would also avoid listing too many individual poets. Talk in terms of "the Romantic poets, especially ......" or "the metaphysical poets, in particular...".

Where are you applying? If you're going to be interviewed there is an even stronger case for not mentioning specifics. It looks better if you appear to be able to talk about as wide a range as possible (especially if you can in fact do so!)

An obvious exception would be something like The Wasteland which you SHOULD name. I was talking more about avoiding "I like Andrew Marvell, especially To His Coy Mistress and The Garden".
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Argh.

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.
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Argh.

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.
That sounds good ! I love the metaphysicals, especially Donne. Some person told me I should be more unusual and put down Milton as I've read Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained; I tried it but then took it out because it occurred to me that it makes a lot more sense to write down what you actually enjoy than what you think might impress tutors... & tbh I enjoy aspects of Paradise Lost but not enough to discuss it with passion.
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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...
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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 exactly the other way round; have had to sacrifice so much extra curric stuff to fit in the subject specific stuff - and that's after editing most of the authors out, *and* I haven't decided what aspect of literary criticism I want to add
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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?
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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.
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