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.
Many thanks to those who have been asking for these; apologies for the delay in getting them onto the blog.
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.
From this website, you can download a revision quiz and the answers. All the poems selected are relevant to the 2012 OCR set list. Good luck: http://site.lyntiernanenglishclassroom.com/Library/yeats.htm
New notes on poems such as ‘September 1913’, ‘The Cat and the Moon’, ‘An Irish Airman foresees his Death’ and others were all published on the blog today.
http://www.yeatsvision.com/ – A very useful website on Yeats’ mystical / spiritual vision, his theory on gyres etc…
http://ireland.wlu.edu/landscape/Yeats_poems.main.html – Good analysis of Yeats’ ‘Coming of Age’ poems.
http://www.yeats-sligo.com/ – The Yeats Society in Sligo
http://www.ajdrake.com/e212_spr_05/materials/authors/yeats_sq.htm – Useful Yeats essay and revision questions
http://www.csun.edu/~hceng029/yeats/collectedpoems.html – All Yeats’ poems online
http://yeatssociety.org/ – The Yeats Society in New York
http://www.leavingcert.net/skoool/examcentre_sc.asp?id=1248 – Decent for Yeats biographical facts
http://www.thebeckoning.com/poetry/yeats/yeats-home.html – Very good ideas on ‘The Stolen Child’, ‘An Irish Airman…’ and ‘The Second Coming’
http://www.ocr.org.uk/download/kd/ocr_50664_kd_gce_set_text.pdf – The set poems as listed on the OCR Website
http://athome.harvard.edu/programs/vendler/ – a lecture from Harvard University on ‘Among School Children’
http://multitext.ucc.ie/d/Countess_Constance_Markievicz – Excellent biography of ‘Con’ Markiewcz
http://www.askaboutireland.ie/reading-room/arts-literature/irish-writers/eva-gore-booth/ – Very useful links to Eva Gore-Booth’s own poetry and some information on the sisters’ relationships with Yeats.
http://etheses.dur.ac.uk/138/1/Dissertation_Thesis_-_The_Life_We_Image_(Madeleine_Callaghan).pdf?DDD11 – Chaos and Control in Yeats (from a Durham University PhD dissertation)
http://www.english.sbc.edu/Journal/Clarke.htm – Good critical essay on Politics in Yeats’ poems.
http://www.cercles.com/occasional/ops2009/noirard.pdf – Useful detailed analysis of ‘The Wild Swans at Coole.’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0KDxkLHViw – Live Recording of Keane’s ‘A Bad Dream’ inspired by ‘An Irish Airman Foresees his Death.’
http://www.literaryhistory.com/20thC/Yeats.htm – A very useful website with lots of further links to essays / criticism / biography of Yeats etc.
http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/nap/Easter_1916_Yeats.htm – Good notes on ‘Easter 1916’
http://www.nli.ie/yeats/ – National Library of Ireland’s online exhibition about Yeats.
http://homepage.tinet.ie/~splash/Yeats.html – great notes on ‘The Fisherman’, ‘Among School Children’ ‘Sailing to Byzantium’ and ‘September 1913’.