English lit GCSE poetry unit 2 exam 22nd of May 2015Watch
Hey guys just did the poetry exam today for aqa how did everyone find it? I'm doing the conflict cluster and I did bayonet charge and charge of the light brigade to compare about fear did anyone else do this?? I found the unseen really good what about you guys?
For the unseen I said Lots of medical words link to tittle= joined up =unbreakable bond in love. Refrain = positive reassurance everything will be ok after list of negative words with negative connotations. Rhyming couplets=2 people in love or could be back and forth of arguing. I also said 3 stanzas = not stand alone stanza= more than one person= togetherness not alone. And also medical symptoms like weak knee = nervousness I can't remember anything else I put what did you put?
I spoke to someone afterwards who said they thought the poem was about the speaker's lover cheating on her (or him). I wrote most of the same things as you though. I also talked about the speaker's undecided feelings about love through the juxtaposition of the terms in the listing, but her/his overall certainty because of the repetition of "life is now better than it was before".
I said about 3rd person narrative creating distance in both poems which could show people are afraid, Whereas in light brigade I said its used to reflect and show 'honour' for the soldiers. Bayonet- 1 soldier but could be universal term to represent everyone as they're not named. Also in light brigade about many soldiers-portrayed through 6 stanza=600 men, stanzas get shorter = loss of lives. Enjambment=running and thinking in bayonet charge, caesuras = stopping /pausing to hide from enemies or could be metaphorical of his mind having mental blocks. Varied line lengths in bayonet= confusion and terror umm that's all I can remember at the moment but I did way more analysing certain words in a quote what did you do?
Then I talked about alliteration and how that creates fear- Bayonet Charge said "terror's touchy dynamite" and Light Brigade said 'shatter'd and shot and shell'
Lastly, I talked about the enjambement in Bayonet charge- When he was running in the darkness and in Light Brigade I used talked about their confidence as they cam "Thro the mouth of Hell" etc Then, I linked all of that with fear, what do you write for the unseen?