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How would you structure an A-grade essay for a poetry comparison essay? I have to write comparing two poems by two poets which deal with similar themes. Thanks for reading
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How would you structure an A-grade essay for a poetry comparison essay? I have to write comparing two poems by two poets which deal with similar themes. Thanks for reading
Hello there It'sIrrelevant,

Have you tried asking your English tutor? Have you come up with any ideas so far?

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How would you structure an A-grade essay for a poetry comparison essay? I have to write comparing two poems by two poets which deal with similar themes. Thanks for reading
not sure what level you are doing but i was asked a similar question bu another user and i advised the following:

when comparing a poem focus on these main areas:

  • language (whether this is individual words and investigating there meaning or whole sentences that show imagery through metaphors, similes etc.)
  • sentence types (complex or simple- this can be hard to see in poems sometimes though)
  • the effect on the reader that any techniques have- talk about emotions, opinions the reader may have as a result of the poem
  • if you can a little context about the poet or the background of the poem is good to include to an introduction of a comparison although it won't be expected if the poems are unseen



as for the structure of your answer, i suggest the following structure:

  • introduction, introduce the poems, the themes behind them and any context. make it obvious that you are comparing these by using words such as however, in comparison
  • main body consists of 4 paragraphs (or more depending on how much you are required to write). each paragraph analyses one aspect from one poem. the following paragraph should analyse a similar aspect in the second poem and this paragraph should start with a comparison connective such as in comparison or however to make it clear that you are now comparing the second poem to the first (remember comparing includes saying what is similar and what is different). at the end of the second paragraph do a few sentences summarizing any similarities or differences.
  • do the same for any other aspects of the poems
  • conclusion, summarise all comparisons- don't introduce any new things



hope this helps
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