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Storm on the Island Heaney: Context, Interpretation and Annotation Analysis
What is the poem about? This is a simple, literal poem on the whole, describing a desolate, stormy island where people live defended against nature. Context Heaney grew up in a farming community in Northern Ireland and wrote about its farms and cities beset...
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The Prelude, Wordsworth: Context, Analysis, Annotation and Likely Exam Questions
What is the Prelude (Extract) About? Literally: as a child, the poet steals a boat and rows across the lake. At first, he feels alive in his own power. He wonders at the beauty of nature, then feels a kind of awe, or terror, as if the great hills are alive....
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Song by Lady Mary Wroth Essay Analysis for Cambridge IGCSE Literature Exam 2016
Introduction In this poem, love is presented negatively through the personification of him as a ‘child’. The technique of juxtaposition dominates to show the contradictions of love, and ultimately that it is wise not to ‘seek’ him as he is prone to ‘flying’...
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Clod and the Pebble Essay Analysis for Cambridge IGCSE English Literature 2016
In 'The Clod and the Pebble), love is presented as both selfish and selfless, through the symbols of the soft, humble ‘clod’ and the clean, but hard ‘pebble’. Firstly in this poem, the ‘clod of clay’ sings about the selflessness of love and the joy it bring...
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Worksheet KS3 Language Techniques: Metaphor, Simile, Personification from Frankenstein for GCSE
LOOK FOR: metaphors - personification - similes (comparing) ______________ her hair was the brightest living gold ______________ fairer than a garden rose among dark-leaved brambles ______________ Like a mountain river, it came from small sources, but...
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Images for Stories and Writing to Describe: 11+, Common Entrance, GCSE and IGCSE
This works for 11+, Common Entrance, or for GCSE. If you need to 'add more detail' to your stories or descriptions need to be improved, try this picture exercise. The images are all from India and there's plenty to describe, plus a list below of useful sens...
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New Frankenstein Text for 2017 GCSE - Easy to Read, Quotable, Annotated with Exam-Ready Essays
Michael Gove might have cruelly snatched Of Mice and Men from us, but teaching older, longer texts doesn't have to be horrible. Here's a super student-friendly version of Frankenstein, sensitively shortened to just over the length of Of Mice and Men, with a...
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Metaphor, Simile, Personification Worksheet for KS3
Here's a worksheet I used with one of my students yesterday, together with these posters and this Youtube video of my hilarious attempt to explain the difference between similes and metaphors to my student. What Technique: simile, metaphor, personification?...
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Language Techniques used in Frankenstein for the 2017 GCSE and IGCSE
When making notes on the text, try to include the name of the language techniques Shelley uses. If you can, also include an explanation of the effect, as in the examples below. SIMILE Where one thing is compared to another using ‘like’ or ‘as’. Where Walton...
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Frankenstein for 2017 GCSE and IGCSE Themes of Science, Genius and the Tabula Rasa
Science Shelley drew inspiration for the creature from recent scientific work. 1. GALVANISM : Luigi Galvani’s experimented in the 1780s to 1790s using electric currents to make dead frogs move. In 1803, his nephew made a public demonstration on a criminal e...
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