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Metaphysical Poems.... aggghhh which ones? A2 Edexcel English watch

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    Hey Guys!!!!

    Hope all your exams are going well!

    Just a tad concerned here about the metaphysical poets. Does anybody know where I can find or does anybody have a list of which poems one needs to know for the A2 Edexcel Poetry exam on Wednesday. At the moment, according to the list given to me by my teacher, there are 36 but I'm not sure whether the list she has given us is correct. I haven't finished all 36 and in York Notes and in other textbooks it has notes on poems which our teacher did not ask us to study. Just a tad worried in case I get asked about a poem I don't know. Hope somebody can help me!

    Good luck with all your exams!

    Pierre xxx
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    Please help with the above.... I'm desperate!

    Also - does anybody know any good books for analysing the poems?

    Thanks guys!
    P x

    Isn't your exam on friday!?!? metaphysical poets/translations?

    There aren't any specific poems you need to know about, but you should balance it out between all poets.. usually theres gonna be one question which refers you to one specific poem and then you compare it with another one of your choice.. and then theres anothe question where its jus kinda generalised on a theme or something so you can choose your own poems... i say you choose poems which are balanced out on different themes.. the main themes we've seen in my class in the poems are love (A Valediction Forbidding Mourning, The Sunne Rising, To His Coy Mistress) death (Hymne to God in my sicknesse) religion (the collar) .. this list isnt exhaustive though

    btw you know the york notes you have, which poems do they cover?

    erm this website has a couple of metaphysical poets notes

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    Nah... its on Wednesday. We've got Drama (Sheridan - The Rivals) and Poetry (Metaphysicals) on Wednesday and on Friday we have Practical Criticism (Wuthering Heights vs Return of the Native) and Unseen Poetry.

    Thank you so much for the website! V good! My book is downstairs but I wil type them up asap next time I log on. York Notes isn't that good. Looks like you have most the notes that are in there. I find it a bit naf. But hey...!

    Lol - check back tomorrow morning. Thanks again!!!!

    Good luck with your exams!


    Hey.. okay I was looking through some past paper questions.. and one of them is stumping me...

    "One of the much acclaimed qualities of Metaphysical poetry is its ability to reproduce the stress and intonations of the speaking voice within a disciplined verse form. Explore this idea with close reference to two or three poems drawn from the work of at least two poets in the collection"

    how would you approach this?? particularly the intonation bit

    I have this on Friday with Translations [Joy]
    So take it you've had the exam now.

    Metaphysical Poems - im also finding a struggle at the mo.
    Althought they 'extend their meaning' its hard to analyse them.
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    Hope this isn't too late! Sorry about the late reply!

    Basically my questions like that really so I can't offer you anything specific on it.

    What I would do is talk about how the poets broke the typical poetry conventions of the time.

    York Notes poems:
    John Donne
    Elegy to his Mistress Going to Bed
    The Flea
    The Good Morrow
    Song (Go, and catch a falling star)
    The Sun Rising
    The Canonization
    Air and Angels
    A Valediction: forbidding Mourning
    The Relic
    Holy Sonnets
    Good Friday, 1613. Tiding Westward

    George Herbert
    The Church Floor
    Jordan I
    Jordan II
    Prayer I
    The Pulley
    The Collar

    Thomas Carew
    An Elegy upon the Death of the Dean of Paul's, Dr John Donne

    Richard Crashaw
    Hymn to Saint Teresa

    Andrew Marvell
    On a Drop of Dew
    The Nymph complaining for the death of her fawn
    To his Coy Mistress
    The Garden

    Henry Vaughan
    The World

    If its not too late check out this online study guide very gooood!


    Good luck everyone with your exams tomorrow!


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