What Might Be Useful To You

From the start of Year 10 in London (september), my teacher has taught us about story writing and glueing our faces in the books of poetry. Poetry like ‘Nettles’ by Vernon Scannell and ‘Sister Maude’ by Christina Rossetti. And what have we been doing with these poems? Well, let me give you a hint. Starts with ‘A’ and ends in ‘g’. Hmmm…? Analysing! Analysing the poems by using form, structure and language. Urrgh! I hate those words but that’s life with English Literature, right? Hmph. Anyway…

To review both poems;
Nettles: www.bryantmcgill.com/World_Poetry/~V/Vernon_Scannell/Vernon_Scannell_Nettles.html
Sister Maude: http://www.gradesaver.com/poetry-of-christina-rossetti/e-text/section42/

In every poem that she gave us we had to analyse them but the thing with me, is that… I have to admit… that I only focus on the obvious. And that is actually quite bad… No. Very bad. Because if you guys are studying poetry and doing the same mistake as me then you aren’t going anywhere. You aren’t going to get the grade of your dreams because simply you don’t think outside the box. These words hurt, I feel I’m going to get a smack any minute now but that’s reality. The examiners behind the desk are going to look at your writing and sigh “I already know that” and they want something new. So that is one tip that you may need to think about and so do I, and I can’t quite get my head around it but I can manage… but not on my own. Can you manage it on your own if that was your problem?

If you can’t… then what do you have people for? What do you have the internet for? Or even what do you have me for? (Sorry, that question just make’s me feel special…) but that’s not the point. I was stuck in a box basically all my life because I thought that I can manage this all on my own. A fifteen year-old doing all the work not giving at least a hint that she is screaming inside for help… Typical. Well that’s me, and I need to change. I’m not saying that it is a bad thing to keep it all to yourself but you need to be open. You have to balance them out. And you know what? I got OUT.

Don’t do the same mistake as I did, ok?

Anyway, heading back to the subject… when we were analysing for weeks everything went to a halt. My teacher then said that the whole class had to basically restart our brain cells and get on with a NEW topic. Typical. We had to move on to story writing. You people may say “Urrgh! Why?” or moan “I don’t want to do it” well tough. You have no choice. But we didn’t exactly have to RESTART we just got a good refresh. Everything that we studied about poetry was actually very useful to our course. The writing techniques is a special tool. A really SPECIAL one. To get a decent mark you HAVE to include:

  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Pathetic Fallacy
  • Juxtaposition
  • Alliteration
  • Listing of Three

Etc…
If you know all of these techniques then you are looking into the face of success. Oh! And before I forget, the right spelling is included to your mark in every test you get. If you’re bad at spelling… then be brave and grab at your majestic shield and face what you mostly fear in words.

3 Responses to What Might Be Useful To You

  1. guess who? says:

    what are pathetic fallacy, juxtaposition adn listing of 3.
    eek! help!

  2. hi, all my life I have never finished reading a book. I think it is because I wasn’t encouraged at the right time in my life. I am aware that, as my daughter would put it, it is never too late to start….. I have to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog. It’s amazing that you can voice what you are going through preparing for your exams using such a good sense of humour. I can’t wait till your next post.
    Alejandro

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