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Please continue to add comments to the poems – to add a comment, scroll down to the bottom of each poem’s commentary; the comments our readers make on each page help other people study, generate new ideas and fuel debates and discussion.
A new academic year will see many new (and some old!) students sitting the OCR AS English exam on W.B Yeats. We are here to help your study and we always appreciate your comments on our revision notes. If you have great ideas (or want to challenge some of our ideas!) please leave comments on our pages; your comments will only add to the quality of this resource. All comments are subject to moderation.
It seems that blog readers think that ‘The Wild Swans at Coole‘, ‘Easter 1916‘ or ‘The Second Coming’ are the most likely poems to come up (see poll in post below) in tomorrow’s exam. Perhaps, if you have left revision a little late & time is running out, you might hedge your bets and focus your revision on these three poems…or then again, perhaps not…it might be ‘The Cat and the Moon‘ after all…
Aside from crossing your fingers and hoping that the right poem comes up, you should:
1) Ensure that you know – off by heart – a good selection of key quotations from across the 15 poems.
2) Do last minute essay plans for a couple of questions
3) Read through the mark scheme again to see which Assessment Objectives are marked for this unit.
Please see the new ‘Sample Student Essay’ which contains a genuine student’s response to one of the sample essay questions on ‘Leda and the Swan’. There are also – at the foot of the essay – some comments and suggestions for improvement. Other comments / suggestions for how this essay might have been developed are welcome.