Poems of the Decade: Essay Questions

A list of potential essay questions to form revision and speed planning practice:   Compare the ways in which poets explore the idea of getting older in To My Nine-Year-Old Self by Helen Dunmore and one other poem of your choice from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011.  ... Continue Reading →

Poems of the Decade: Coping with Difficulty

Compare the ways in which poets present people coping with difficulties in ‘Please Hold’ and ‘A Minor Role’   O’Driscoll and Fanthorpe portray a wide sense of people coping with difficulties all throughout both ‘Please Hold’ and ‘A Minor Role’. Both poems interweave a sense of nihilism, time passing and the progressiveness of suffrage. However,... Continue Reading →

Poems of the Decade: Presentation of Gender

Compare the ways in which gender is presented within ‘The Gun’ by Vicki Feaver and ‘Chainsaw versus the Pampas Grass’ by Simon Armitage.   Student Exemplar: The theme of Gender is presented strongly throughout ‘The Gun’ by Vicki Feaver as well as ‘Chainsaw versus the Pampas Grass’ written by Simon Armitage. The theme of gender... Continue Reading →

Femininity and Relationships in ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Material’

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 →

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