Deconstruct & Analyse any Poem

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Key takeaways
The importance of assessment objectives when examining poetry.
How to talk about meaning without jumping to conclusions.
Examining how structure, form, language and context can shape a poem’s meaning.
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Poetry is a literary work that has very olds roots and helps express thoughts and feelings. In this class, students will gain a better understanding of how a poem’s form, structure, language and context can shape its meaning. This framework for analysis can help students approach any unseen poem and examine it through a more critical lens which will give students the tools and confidence to tackle poetry in lessons and exams. This class is aimed at students in Years 12 and 13 but is a great resource for any student studying poetry!

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Safeguarding reminder:The safety of your child is of the utmost importance. All of our classes are pre-recorded to remove any concerns around live participation. For reruns of our past live classes, students' webcams and microphones were disabled and only the chat history, if participation was requested, is visible.

Suitable for:

This class is aimed at students in Years 12-13 or S6 studying English Literature, but would also be good prep for younger students who are going to study English in higher years.

Class requirements:

Students will require a laptop with internet connection to view the class. A pen and notepad will also be required during the lesson.

What to expect:
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