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LTA6: Reading for meaning exam TOMORROW!!!! watch

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    We should all upload our notes so that we can learn new things and revise off one another... maybe even offer eachother some advice/confidence because i am sooooo scared about this three hour exam that will leave my hand looking like 'The Claw'!! ( In times of desperation and fear i almost certainly always result in talking rubbish and making bad jokes lol sorry )


    I took this exam in the summer, but am resitting it tomorrow. The key, for me, is in the mark scheme for last year this time: "specific detailed and illuminating connections between text and context". So long as you keep referencing the context, and keep making connections, and finding the meaning in this, and also judging how typical it is- found by how many connections you can make: i.e. Rosenborg's nihilistic realism is reflected in Sassoon, in Owen, in Graves (read The Dead Boche by him for a good poem), but it is countered by the idealism of Brooke, the rampant Romantic nationalistic patriotism of Jessie Popes; you could then make connections between the fact Brooke was a poet become soldier, whereas the others were primarily soldiers become poets (although Graves wrote when he was at school, as he said in his auto-biography Good-Bye To All That, saying he was in the Charterhouse School literature/poetry society), contrasting early war poetry to middle and later pieces; you could also contrast Popes with Vera Brittain, and Sara Teasdale (read There Will Come Soft Rains- wonderful poem). That's just a small example. Come up with your position before the exam, preferably tonight now- come up with justification. Then when you make the analysis, you can have a sort of rough personal response. Also, remember to make close analysis of word choices (relate to the traditions they write in) and also to the structure "to shape meaning" to quote the Jan 08 mark scheme. It's good to get these off the AQA site!

    P.s.: I got a C overrall, not far off a B last time, but these were the areas I lacked in. It was the one exam I didn't do my best in, getting As in coursework etc.

    Good luck!

    P.s. research the differences in war poetry pre-World War One in different countries. Herman Melville's (author of Moby-****) poem about Shiloh's (American Civil War) a good start. English poetry was surprisingly idealistic when it came to war before World War One.
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    I have done research about the outbreak of war, during WW1, later stages, Battle of Somme, 20's and 30's, the 1960's and now century.

    I also linked each time to writings ( for wider reading )

    that's all, oh and learnt some quotes.

    But what do you mean come up with a justification now?

    The exam is called 'Reading for Meaning'. If you have a personal feeling in reaction to the genre (mine, for example, is that the collapse of Romantic nationalism shown in the change in poetry as the war progressed reflected the collapse of the heroic view of war, which led to the collapse of the Congress of Vienna map of Europe and the entering of the age of nation-states, and the end of Whiggism and the rise of Socialism, and the accession of the United States as a superpower, reflected in the harsher and more nihilistic realism in reaction to the loss and common experience). This is justified by the changes in poems during the war, but also in the changing reputations of the poets (for example Sassoon was considered a minor poet during the war, but has since been majorly re-assessed). That's my (not necessarily yours, of course) reaction to the genre, and I can apply it as an analysis to the texts in the exam and to my wider reading.. It'll just help in the exam if you have something to shoot for, something my summer answer more-or-less lacked.

    If you have any questions, I'm something of a history buff on the war. So any historical questions would be alright.

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