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Mat to guide Unseen Poetry for GCSE/iGCSE. Acknowledgement to @JamieClark85


Section A35 marks45 minutes


Introduction to Poetry

I ask them to take a poemand hold it up to the lightlike a colour slide

or press an ear against its hive

I say drop a mouse into a poemand watch him probe his way out,

or walk inside the poems roomand feel the walls for a light switch.

I want them to waterskiacross the surface of a poemwaving at the authors name on the shore.

But all they want to dois tie the poem to a chair with ropeand torture a confession out of it.

They begin beating it with a hoseto find out what it really means.

Billy Collins

3 Evaluation of writers uses of language/structure plus effects on readers


Language Techniques

Imagery, metaphor, simile, personification, repetition, emotive, rhetoric, hyperbole, humour, alliteration, assonance, sibilance

Dynamite Paragraphs

A* Example

Title ConnotationsConsider literal and metaphorical interpretations of the poems titleHitting the Criteria (Band 5/6)

1 Explore themes and ideas showing insight.A theme is a topic that runs through a piece of writing. For example: relationships, negative emotions, love, nature, identity.2 Close analysis of detail to support interpretations. Choose a word/phrase/feature and explore in depth write a lot about a little

Narrative, layout, stanza, first/last line, inset words, words sticking out, (ir)regular lines, line lengths, punctuation, refrain, fixed form

Hitting the Criteria (Band 5/6)Hints atSuggestsPossiblyMaybe


Tentative LanguageTo tease out the meaning

iGCSE Unseen Poetry Desk


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