Frankenstein, a gothic fiction written between the Romantic era and the Enlightenment era by Mary Shelley in 1817. Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, a subverted dystopian novel published in 2005, is set in an alternate England in the late 1990s. The natural world is highly valued by both Ishiguro and Shelley, as they both [...]
Exploring the role of Nature in the works of Romantic Poets William Blake and William Wordsworth. Nature is presented as an essential constituent within Romantic poetry, encompassing the intrinsic pastoral reverence of poets belonging to the Romantic movement. Both William Blake and William Wordsworth are avid disciples of the championing of the natural world and [...]
A compendium of useful podcasts to stretch your understanding, explore new aspects of A-level Language beyond our curriculum, revise some of our key concepts and to see them in use. The World in Words Lingthusiasm A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne. A lively, deep, language-y conversation with real linguists! [...]
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A series of posts dedicated to exploring the intricacies of essay writing and how to approach them. Essays require you to do many things simultaneously as you synthesise crucial information in an evaluative and analytical way whilst offering nuance in meaning. It can be complex. Use these guides to help demystify some of these areas and develop your essay writing skills.
Introductions and conclusions can be difficult to write, but they are worth investing time in. They can have a significant influence on a reader’s experience of your paper and they are often the final remarks your examiner will read before making a decision on how well you have met the criteria of the exam or assignment. Just as [...]
Nature and Settings “these sublime and magnificent scenes afforded” “the thunder burst with frightful loudness from various quarters”, “I never beheld anything so utterly destroyed” Ch.2 “my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature”, “I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves” Ch.4 “a divine spring; and the season contributed greatly to [...]
Settings “A car was a rarity. And the sight of one in the distance was sometimes enough to cause bedlam during a class” p34 “Miss Emily…we probably recognised that it was her presence, intimidating thought it was, that made us feel so safe at Hailsham.” P39 “Normal people outside” p69 “One of the boys asked [...]