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    Hello,

    I am studying English literature at AS Level and quite frankly I have the worst possible teacher anyone can think of- really, she's terrible.

    Anyways, my exams are coming up and because of my teachers inability to actually teach I'm struggling-bad. I need help with mainly these things:

    -wider reading- Victorian texts that go under the 3 types prose, poetry and drama (regarding position of women, evolving attitudes, social problems and ideas of progress)
    Texts that fit under these categories would be absolutely greatttt!

    -how to structure the question? When exactly to bring wider reading when answering the question, how long roughly should it be, etc.

    - what I'm most definitely in need of help with is the poetry section! I'm doing Tennyson and not only are the poems extremely difficult, I have no clue on how to answer the question in the exam- clueless.

    PLEASE HELP. If you want to include any other helpful tips/information I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
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    (Original post by Adrianasilvaxx)
    Hello,

    I am studying English literature at AS Level and quite frankly I have the worst possible teacher anyone can think of- really, she's terrible.

    Anyways, my exams are coming up and because of my teachers inability to actually teach I'm struggling-bad. I need help with mainly these things:

    -wider reading- Victorian texts that go under the 3 types prose, poetry and drama (regarding position of women, evolving attitudes, social problems and ideas of progress)
    Texts that fit under these categories would be absolutely greatttt!

    -how to structure the question? When exactly to bring wider reading when answering the question, how long roughly should it be, etc.

    - what I'm most definitely in need of help with is the poetry section! I'm doing Tennyson and not only are the poems extremely difficult, I have no clue on how to answer the question in the exam- clueless.

    PLEASE HELP. If you want to include any other helpful tips/information I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Thank you
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    I did this exam last year. Honest, I didn't do much wider reading. For our coursework we'd done Heart of Darkness, A Doll's House and Miss Julie.

    Wider reading wise I broke the topic down into sections: The role of women/ God vs Science/ Industrialisation/ Progress/ Social role.

    I used index cards and wrote up a piece of WR for each theme (prose/drama/poetry). I can't remember what I used as I've thrown them away. Be smart with your wider reading. For example, you could use 'The Lady of Shallot' for women poetry wise (Tennyson). You could also use 'In Memorial' for the God vs Science debate.

    I also did Tennyson. This was my main concern in the exam as I hadn't done much work. My main advice is ensure you know the main and most popular poems. I remember last year the question that came up was something regarding 'Break, Break, Break' as the ending (or start) to the anthology?! (Something similar). I just ensured I kept an argument throughout and referenced 3/4 poems.
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    (Original post by emilialucy)
    I did this exam last year. Honest, I didn't do much wider reading. For our coursework we'd done Heart of Darkness, A Doll's House and Miss Julie.

    Wider reading wise I broke the topic down into sections: The role of women/ God vs Science/ Industrialisation/ Progress/ Social role.

    I used index cards and wrote up a piece of WR for each theme (prose/drama/poetry). I can't remember what I used as I've thrown them away. Be smart with your wider reading. For example, you could use 'The Lady of Shallot' for women poetry wise (Tennyson). You could also use 'In Memorial' for the God vs Science debate.

    I also did Tennyson. This was my main concern in the exam as I hadn't done much work. My main advice is ensure you know the main and most popular poems. I remember last year the question that came up was something regarding 'Break, Break, Break' as the ending (or start) to the anthology?! (Something similar). I just ensured I kept an argument throughout and referenced 3/4 poems.

    Thanks a lot, really helpful!
 
 
 
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