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Leaving Cert. English, Paper 1 – Part B (Composing Section): The Complete Guide

What are you being asked to do?

In the Part B/ composing sections you are being asked to do two things:

  1. Use language in one of five ways: to write either argumentatively, persuasively, informatively, narratively or aesthetically.
  2. Create a written medium aimed at someone (e. g a speech, letter to fellow students, parents). Before looking into these different ways of writing, we need to look at what the marker will be looking for in the answer regardless of what language genre you write in, that you are creating the written medium aimed at an audience asked... (More)
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Prescribed Poetry: Things To Remember

Finally, keep these basic things in mind when answering your prescribed poetry question:

Six poems

The markers are told to look for evidence that you have studied six poems in your answer. There are two ways to do this:

  1. Use examples from six poems
  2. If you do not want to focus on six poems you can list six poems in your introduction.

What’s the poem about?

Introduce each poem when you focus on it for the first time, such as what the poet is focusing on here.

Use of I

Give your personal opinion regardless of the question.

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Emily Dickinson’s original approach to poetry results in startling and thought provoking moments in her work. Sample Answer

Emily Dickinson’s original approach to poetry results in startling and thought-provoking moments in her work.

Emily Dickinson explores a variety of themes in her poetry. Her use of concrete imagery and language to convey abstract ideas provides an original approach. Dickinson is a poet of extremes with a large range of emotions from joyous hope to devastating despair. In her most recognisable poems “Hope is a thing with feathers”, “I felt a funeral in my Brain” There's a certain Slant of light” and “I heard a Fly buzz - when I died”. She explores the themes of death, workings of... (More)