‘To Niall Woods…’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

‘To Niall Woods…’ by Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 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 ‘To Niall Woods…’. Once an understanding 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 …

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 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 …

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 …

‘The Girl with the Keys to Pearse’s Cottage’ by Paul Durcan

‘The Girl with the Keys to Pearse’s Cottage’ 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 ‘The Girl with Read More …

How to Create a Study Plan and Stick to it!

Study Tip: Creating a Study Plan   Before reading this blog post make sure that you have watched the Lee Tutorials Youtube video on how to create a study plan and how to stick to it. (link)   Materials Needed to Create the Study Plan: The Lee Tutorials Study Plan Template available here: (Lee Tutorials Study Timetable Template) A pencil Read More …

The LC English Paper (HL)

The Leaving Cert. English Paper -Higher Level-     In this blog post, we will be establishing the layout, timing and length of the Leaving Cert. Paper in English at Higher Level. *Paper One has an overarching theme. It is important to acknowledge this as the three texts presented in the paper will all share this theme (see fig.1 below which displays location Read More …