‘The Cage’ by John Montague

‘The Cage’ by John Montague Upon analysing a poem, I find it useful 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 Cage’. Once an understanding of this poem’s story Read More …

‘The Pomegranate’ by Eavan Boland

‘The Pomegranate’  by Eavan Boland Upon analysing a poem, I find it useful 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 Pomegranate’. Once an understanding of this poem’s Read More …

‘The Bend in the Road’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

‘The Bend in the Road’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 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 Bend in the Road’. Read More …

‘Street’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

‘Street’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 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 ‘Street’. Once an understanding of this poem’s story has Read More …

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 …

‘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 …

‘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 …

The Personal Essay

The Personal Essay   The Personal Essay element of the Composition section of Paper One should be a section of the paper that you are comfortable approaching. It is worth 100 marks (a quarter of the overall English grade at Higher Level), it has appeared consistently and has proven to be profitable for students who have a developed a well thought out writing Read More …