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A Guide to OCR A2 F663 Section B (from 2013): Drama and Poetry Pre-1800

Paul Merrell | Tuesday April 01, 2014

Categories: Drama, The Rivals, Hot Entries, Poetry, Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Tale, The Wife of Bath's Prologue, Writing, Comparing & Contrasting, Drama Analysis, Poetry Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature A, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, AQA A Level English Literature A, AQA A Level English Literature B, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, WJEC A Level English Literature, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale with Comparative Notes for Sheridan’s The Rivals


This guide covers Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath, both the Prologue and Tale, and focuses of the A2 OCR unit F663, Section B – but the guide should prove very useful to anyone teaching these Chaucer texts for any other exam board. The OCR unit itself requires a comparison with another text, and in this guide, that text is Sheridan’s The Rivals – thus, teachers will find much that is useful for this play here also.

So, your students have battled their way through the AS. They’ve managed to write compellingly on the poetry of Yeats (or Dickinson, or Thomas or Browning) and they’ve demonstrated they know everything there is to know about The Turn of the Screw or Jane Eyre (at least if you were smart, and didn’t try to inflict The Secret Agent or Mrs Dalloway on a class of 16-year-olds!).

But now, it’s all about preparing them for F663. And, unfortunately, it’s quite a challenge.

Below you will find a general guide on how to deliver this difficult unit. The guide focuses on offering some ideas to help prepare pupils for the examination on one of the poetry text choices you might like to make: Chaucer’s The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale.

However, it is important to note that this is a comparative unit and whatever poetry text you choose, will need to be considered alongside a drama text. For me, the most obvious comparative text for the Chaucer is Sheridan’s The Rivals – and not just because it is set in Bath! Indeed, I cannot stress enough the comparative element (A03) of this unit. Anything and everything that you have to say about The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale must be able to be linked to your drama text. To assist in this, I will, wherever possible, seek to link what I have to say about The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale to the text we study at my centre,...

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