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English Literature

Writing about poetry

The work in this Revision Bite will help you to practise the essential skills you’ll need when writing about poetry in your exam. It should also give you some ideas about how to tackle exam questions on poetry.

Key words and phrases

Not all exam questions will be phrased in the same way, so look carefully at the key words to help you work out what to write about.

For example:

  • Comment on the ideas and attitudes in the poem.

  • How do the poets present love/violence/family (or another theme) in these poems?

  • How do the poets use language to present nature/fear/relationships (or another theme) in these poems?

  • Compare how the poems deal with childhood/love/memories (or another theme) in these poems.

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