The Great Gatsby: Important Quotes Explained!

The Great Gatsby: Important Quotes Explained!   Referencing relevant quotes in English in order to support our points is an essential measure. A paragraph without direct reference to the text is simply not best practice. Writing an answer in English is very much like delivering a testimony in a court of law: you must back up what you’re saying with evidence! Read More …

King Lear: Symbolism

King Lear: Symbolism   Symbolism is a frequent literary technique used by Shakespeare in his plays. Shakespeare uses various symbols in his literature to convey particular messages. Oftentimes symbols are representative of a deeper and more significant meaning, as well as their literal meaning.  The Shakespearean tragedy of King Lear is littered throughout with carefully chosen symbolism which allows the Read More …

‘The Difficulty that is Marriage’ by Paul Durcan

‘The Difficulty that is Marriage’ by Paul Durcan Upon analysing a poem, I like to decode it in a particular way. I like to read the poem as if it were a story. This helps me to generate an understanding of both the poet and the poems context.  The following notes outline the story of Paul Durcans ‘The Difficulty that is Marriage’. Once Read More …

King Lear: The Destructive and Redemptive Power of Love

King Lear: The Destructive and Redemptive Power of Love   ‘Shakespeare explores both the destructive and redemptive power of love throughout the play King Lear.’ Discuss the statement above, supporting your answer with reference to the play. Context: The following response to the above exam question would have been rewarded marks in particular for its level of Personal Response. Always try Read More …

‘Nessa’ by Paul Durcan

‘Nessa’ by Paul Durcan Upon analysing a poem, I like to decode it in a particular way. I like to read the poem as if it were a story. This helps me to generate an understanding of both the poet and the poem’s context.  The following notes outline the story of ‘Nessa’. Once an understanding of this poem’s story has been Read More …

‘The War Horse’ by Eavan Boland

The War Horse By Eavan Boland   Upon analysing a poem, I like to decode it in a particular way. I like to read the poem as if it were a story. This helps me to generate an understanding of both the poet and the poem’s context.  The following notes outline the story of the poem ‘The War Horse’. Once an Read More …

Leaving Cert Sample Personal Essay

Leaving Cert Sample Personal Essay   Context: This personal essay was originally submitted by a student of mine. The topic up for discussion was ‘the power the fashion industry has over young peoples lives today’. This student decided to outline both the positive and negative power the industry has in young peoples lives. The student planned this essay out and Read More …