Anthology Poems Conflict Analysis Essay

Which of the two essay structures works better when responding to the example essay question?

Structure A

IntroductionHow both talk about family relationships between parents and children
Paragraph 1How Walking Away deals with family relationships - themes and form, structure and language
Paragraph 2 How Eden Rock deals with family relationships - themes and form, structure and language
Paragraph 3 Ways in which they are similar
Paragraph 4 Ways in which they are different
Conclusion Sum up comparison

Structure B

IntroductionHow both talk about family relationships between parents and children
Paragraph 1How the themes and ideas of Walking Away and Eden Rock are similar and different
Paragraph 2 How the form and structure of Walking Away and Eden Rock compare and how this links to their effect
Paragraph 3 How the language of Walking Away and Eden Rock compare and how this links to their effect
Conclusion Sum up comparison

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Either of the examples above could produce a good essay as they both explore each poem and compare their similarities and differences. However in structure B, the comparison takes place throughout the whole essay and avoids looking at the poems separately. This is a better model to use and one which can be applied to comparisons of other poems.

Explore the study guide for 'Walking Away' .

On Literature Paper 2, you get 2 hours and 15 minutes. You should spend 55 minutes on the Jekyll & Hyde section, 35 minutes on the Poetry Anthology question, and 45 minutes on the Unseen Poetry question.

A copy of the poetry anthology is here: Anthology Poems Booklet.

Poetry Anthology Question:

  • Worth 20 marks out of 80 on the whole paper
  • 15 marks for AO2 – language and structure analysis
  • 5 marks for AO3 – context
  • You will have ONE poem from the anthology printed in the exam paper
  • You can choose ONE other poem to compare it to, but you will have to do this from memory
  • The question will look something like this:

Re-read (set poem). Choose one other poem from the Conflict anthology.

Compare how (theme or idea) is presented in the two poems.

In your answer you should consider the:

  • poets’ use of language, form and structure
  • the influence of the contexts in which the poems were written

Have a look at the WT mock powerpoint here: WT Mock Lit 2 Anthology Poetry

YouTube is a valuable resource for revision. Mary Meredith produces some good analysis videos on the conflict anthology. The link to the first video in the playlist is below:

Other revision resources are included below:

Extract from The Prelude

Anthology Poetry – improvement and response

Anthology Poetry – venn and response

Revision Guide – Anthology

Anthology Poetry

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