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Romanticism: Our home study schedule Week 1: Read ‘Pastoral Poetics’ for William Blake. Highlight and make notes ready for discussion. Read the introduction of The Cambridge Introduction to British Romantic Poetry p1-16 Week 2: Read ‘A few lines written about Tintern Abbey’ ahead of analysis Read and annotate Growth of the Classical in... Continue Reading →
A 'Retrieval Challenge Grid' for the revision of our upcoming A-level Literature Mock Exam. Topics covered include 'A Streetcar Named Desire', 'Othello' and 'Poems of the Decade'
‘Othello’ is a socio-critique of the flaws in Jacobean society and of the presentation of stereotypes based on race. Shakespeare presents race and the characterization of Othello through his marriage to Desdemona, how others treat him and his initially strong “reputation”. His reputability deteriorates as the play progresses leading to his downfall. Shakespeare exemplifies... Continue Reading →
The characterisation of Othello was presented through the dominant ideology of the predilection, prejudice and paragon image of race. The portrayal of the eponymous character in the play was stereotypically insinuated to be savage, violent and aggressive; however, was based on falsehood in order to expose Iago’s duplicitous character and ultimately Othello’s hamartia. ... Continue Reading →
Black Face, Maligned Race: The Representation of Blacks in English Shakespeare and the Power of the Face National Theatre Podcast: Emilia and Desdemona: Women in Othello
Here is a scan of our class flipchart work comparing three poems from the 'Poems of the Decade' Forward Anthology. We consider the presentation of age in three poems: Easy Passage, To My Nine-Year Old Self and A Leisure Centre is a Temple of Learning*. *Please be... Continue Reading →
How do the poets present femininity and relationships within ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Material’? Conclusion Ultimately, Ros Barber and Patience Agbabi both illustrate the intimate relationships; natural femininity and expectations that society has of women in their presentation of a toxic romantic relationship in ‘Eat Me’ and the overwhelming desire to emulate her mother in ‘Material’.... Continue Reading →