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    What books?

    I do A Streetcar Named Desire, Duchess of Malfi, The Tempest, Carol Ann Duffy and Phillip Larkin and Wide Sargasso Sea.

    Edexcel Specification (Department was cross with AQA's marking last time)

    Year 12: Colonisation and its aftermath
    Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
    A Passage to India, E. M. Forster
    Set poetry from 'Poems of the Decade'

    Year 13: Shakespeare + Comedy play
    The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
    Macbeth, (who do ya think?)
    More poetry - we chose 'Modernism' as a movement.

    Found year 12 much more boring (partly because of a teacher who went off on a tangent and was a pretty eccentric. Took more than a lesson just to analyse one poem.)
    Now I've got a much better teacher for poetry this year

    Found first year a little challenging only because I was getting essays back with red pen graffiti-ed all over. (Falling behind on the reading didn't help either.) But now that I've acquired some skills and base knowledge, year 13 is definitely more relaxed, since we can have intellectual conversations easily since we know what to talk about and where to find evidence in our texts.

    If you are thinking of taking Eng Lit. (if you are in yr 11) then I'd definitely say keep on top of the reading. I found my texts extremely boring first time around, and getting through all that waffle was torture. But after getting an A, I realised there's not much to it. There is no secret ingredient in English - as long as you meet the criteria (mark scheme stuff) they're looking for, you can write your own way (as long as it's structured and organised) and get a good mark.

    You do need to enjoy reading and looking for meanings, etc (but you need reading in so many courses at Uni that you can't say that you can't do it - you'll have to learn to like it eventually!) But it is a subject that you can look forward to - a place to have a conversation, share ideas and if you're lucky, get a really laid-back, cool teacher who'll encourage you to get that top mark

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