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Steph Atkinson | Thursday November 05, 2009

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Possible Links between Duffy, Armitage and Pre-1914 Poems (using examination questions from 2006-2009)

This list of possible links covers the poems specified on the examination paper, plus any of the key poems specified by AQA that would fit with the theme. A ‘(?)’ following the name of the poem indicates a level of uncertainty about the suitability of this poem for this theme: it may be that some ingenuity or clear explanation is required on the part of the student in the examination response in order to justify the link or to analyse the poetry in relation to this theme.

Before You Were Mine (Duffy)
Anne Hathaway (Duffy)
Stealing (Duffy)
Havisham (Duffy)

Hitcher (Armitage)
Mother, any distance (Armitage)
Homecoming (Armitage)
Kid (Armitage)

On My First Sonne (Jonson)
The Laboratory (Browning)
Sonnet 130 (Shakespeare)
My Last Duchess (Browning)

2006

Women – Mother, any distance, Before You Were Mine, Anne Hathaway, Havisham, The Laboratory, Sonnet 130, My Last Duchess

Death or the threat of death – Havisham, Education for Leisure, Hitcher, November, On My First Sonne, The Laboratory, The Man He Killed, My Last Duchess

Memories – Homecoming, Before You Were Mine, Anne Hathaway, Havisham, Hitcher

Attitudes to loved ones – My Last Duchess, The Laboratory, Sonnet 130, Anne Hathaway, Before You Were Mine, Havisham (?), Mother, any distance, On My First Sonne

2007

Readers responding in different ways to the poems – Kid is specified in the examination paper, but any of the key poems could be used

How language is used to present the attitudes of the speakers – Havisham, Anne Hathaway, November, Mother, any distance, Sonnet 130, The Laboratory, My Last Duchess and The Man He Killed are specified in the examination paper, but any of the key poems could be used

Sympathy for the speaker – On My First Sonne, Anne Hathaway, Before You Were Mine, Havisham, Mother, any distance, Kid (?)

How the reader is made to feel...


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