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How does one get an A in the AQA Unit 2 poetry exam?
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  • Analyse each poem in depth; read over that every 2-3 nights.
  • Do past paper questions comparing poems, get a teacher to mark it for you.
  • See where you can improve and set that as a target everytime you do another question.
  • Practise and learn your writing style, so you know what structure to follow every time you answer a question.
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  • Analyse each poem in depth; read over that every 2-3 nights.
  • Do past paper questions comparing poems, get a teacher to mark it for you.
  • See where you can improve and set that as a target everytime you do another question.
  • Practise and learn your writing style, so you know what structure to follow every time you answer a question.
If learn to enjoy something, you will do well.
Thank you! And yes enjoyment does improves results.
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How does one get an A in the AQA Unit 2 poetry exam?
Like people have said already do lots of practice exam questions but if you're asking in terms of the skills needed to do well, watch Mr Bruff's videos THEY HELP SO MUCH!! He's got A-A* analysis on poems too which are really good and that can get you higher marks if you follow what he says. Also in regards to essay writing my english tutor has said DONT just focus on language in the poem! Write about structure and form as majority of the students across the UK would be focussing on just the language used in the poem. You want to wow the examiner and talk about why the poem was set out like this, what affects the poet is trying to achieve by doing this and that etc.
Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK
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It's dead easy, and actually my most favourite part out of all the English questions in the paper. Oh Mein Gott!!!!

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Try to understand what kind of theme the poets' are trying to relay, is it about nature, parenting, etc.

SECOND:
Try to focus on this theme, and apply it to every on line on every stanza. What are they trying to say when they say the curtains are blue?

THIRD:
Once you've done second, try to find similarities between the poems with this information. If you find a similarity, SCORE! Now do a comparison paragraph on your lined paper.

FOURTH:
For A/A*, you're going to need to find more of those themes. Sure, you could focus on nature for this poem on plants, but what if these plants are also relaying the inner struggles of power and supremacy? The amazing thing with English Lit is, as long as you've justified your answer, you're totally fine! Any interpretation you give, as long as it's not insanely crazy.

SOURCE: A* English Lit Student
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It's dead easy, and actually my most favourite part out of all the English questions in the paper. Oh Mein Gott!!!!

FIRST:
Try to understand what kind of theme the poets' are trying to relay, is it about nature, parenting, etc.

SECOND:
Try to focus on this theme, and apply it to every on line on every stanza. What are they trying to say when they say the curtains are blue?

THIRD:
Once you've done second, try to find similarities between the poems with this information. If you find a similarity, SCORE! Now do a comparison paragraph on your lined paper.

FOURTH:
For A/A*, you're going to need to find more of those themes. Sure, you could focus on nature for this poem on plants, but what if these plants are also relaying the inner struggles of power and supremacy? The amazing thing with English Lit is, as long as you've justified your answer, you're totally fine! Any interpretation you give, as long as it's not insanely crazy.

SOURCE: A* English Lit Student
That the Curtains are ****ing blue? Thanks very much!
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Like people have said already do lots of practice exam questions but if you're asking in terms of the skills needed to do well, watch Mr Bruff's videos THEY HELP SO MUCH!! He's got A-A* analysis on poems too which are really good and that can get you higher marks if you follow what he says. Also in regards to essay writing my english tutor has said DONT just focus on language in the poem! Write about structure and form as majority of the students across the UK would be focussing on just the language used in the poem. You want to wow the examiner and talk about why the poem was set out like this, what affects the poet is trying to achieve by doing this and that etc.
Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK
Yes Mr Bruff helped me get an A on my lang mock aha! Thanks a bunch! X
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How does one get an A in the AQA Unit 2 poetry exam?
Hi there!

You might like to check out some of these articles that GCSE English tutors have written on our site about analysing poetry:

http://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-a...se-poetry/8367

http://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-a...are-poems/6872

http://www.thetutorpages.com/tutor-a...ann-duffy/2692

We have a very large number of free articles like this - to find more, just search for GCSE poetry in the Google search box at the top right of our homepage.

Good luck!
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