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A GCSE Guide to AQA Unit 2: Poetry Across Time | Introduction

Shane Richardson | Tuesday January 14, 2014

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, Hot Entries, Poetry, Agard, Flag, Anthologies, Armitage, Out of the Blue, Dharker, The Right Word, Hardi, At the Border, Minhinnick, The Yellow Palm, Sheers, Mametz Wood, Weir, Poppies, Writing, Analytical Writing, Comparative Analysis, Comparing & Contrasting, Poetry Analysis, AQA English Literature, Unit 2 Poetry Across Time, AQA Moon On The Tides

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1. Introduction
2. Out of the Blue
3. Flag
4. Mametz Wood
5. The Yellow Palm
6. The Right Word
7. At the Border
8. Poppies
9. Exam Technique
10. Sample Exam Questions

AQA Anthology Poems

“Moon on the Tides: Conflict Cluster”

Introduction to the Conflict Cluster

All of the poems in this cluster have been placed together because they share a common theme: that theme is conflict. Each of the different poems, in their own ways, explores an element of conflict. The challenge for you is to think about all of the different ways that conflict is presented. Initially, when we think about conflict, we imagine soldiers, in uniform, fighting on the battlefield. While this is a very literal interpretation of what conflict might be, it is only one possible way of looking at conflict.

As you will discover as you work through this guide, in the Unit 2 examination, you will be awarded more marks for being able to think about what the poems symbolise. With that in mind, it might be useful to start with the concept of conflict: conflicts might also be about abstract battles between ideas, values and beliefs.

Throughout the cluster, you will come across both physical and abstract conflicts. It is important to think about as many different ways to identify the conflicts in the poems. Don’t limit yourself to a single interpretation: you will achieve more marks for having a variety of different ideas.

You will find, as you work through the poems, that some of the poems might refer to times in history that perhaps you are unfamiliar with. This study guide will give you help and information about the ‘context’ of the poems, but it is always a good idea to look things up for yourself. The more independent work that you are able to do on the poems, the more marks you are likely to get in the exam, because your ideas will be unique.

Most important of all, you have to remember that you are writing...

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