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    Hey guys,

    I'm doing Ted Hughes for the poetry section of AS English.

    There are 30 poems I could be tested on, and my exam is in a couple of weeks.

    Obviously that's way too many poems to learn in depth.

    Any advice? How much study should I do?

    Any help would be awesome

    Learn about Ted Hughes himself - his life, his literary influences and use this context to inform your reading of the poems. Then, flick through the whole book and make a few notes on what each poem is about (you can research it for each poem). Then, start picking poems at random and get yourself to analyse them in detail, pick out poetic features, rhyme scheme, imagery, metre etc. If you feel daunted by 30 poems have a look at which ones are considered the most famous or popular out of the collection, and have a look at the longer ones because they are likely to have more that you can say about them and are therefore more likely to come up in the exam.
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