The 4 poem method - GCSE AQA conflict poetry 2018Watch
So I'm having a late mock for Lit paper 2 on Feb 23rd, and I devised a way to do the poetry bit, by only having to learn four poems. The great thing is that these four poems together compare with every other poem in the whole cluster! So just learn maybe 5-6 key quotes from these four poems, along with the main ideas, and you'll be set.
EDIT : I've got my results back, and I got 27/30 for the poetry comparison section, resulting in a grade 8 overall, so I'm happy!
Of course, go over the other poems too, so that it's easy to analyse them in the exam, when it's given to you.
Key: Main Poem, Other Poem, Theme.
I'm learning Bayonet Charge, Poppies, London and Kamikaze. These 4 main poems compare with each other too, so you only need these 4, no matter what poem is given to you in the actual exam.
Bayonet Charge compares with: Exposure, Charge of the Light Brigade, Remains, Poppies and Kamikaze. The themes connecting all of these poems are Reality of Conflict, Effects of Conflict, and Individual Experience.
Poppies compares with: London (Loss and Absence) and Bayonet Charge. It also compares with Kamikaze, Remains and War Photographer for 3 same themes - Effect of Conflict, Memory, and Individual Experience.
London compares with: Poppies, Checking Out Me History (Power of Humans, Anger), My Last Duchess (Abuse of Power), and The Prelude (Individual Experiences). It may also compare with Storm on the Island if you interpret the poems as being about political conflict, but this is quite hard to do. It compares with Ozymandias for Abuse of Power.
Kamikaze compares with: Poppies, The Prelude (Power of Nature, Fear, Individual Experiences), Charge of the Light Brigade (common with Bayonet Charge), and Storm on the Island (Power of Nature).
Hope this helped, and good luck for the actual GCSEs!
That's not all the themes they could ask you about
Identity is a very key one, and there's also other aspects they could ask you about if they're feeling mean.
Great post though, can tell you've put a lot of thought into it and generally it's very good
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