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Hi Sara,

Characteristics of descriptive writing

1. Good descriptive writing includes many vivid sensory details that paint a picture and appeals to all of the reader's senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste when appropriate. Descriptive writing may also paint pictures of the feelings the person, place or thing invokes in the writer. In the video section below, watch a teacher use a Five Senses Graphic Organizer as a planning strategy for descriptive writing.

2. Good descriptive writing often makes use of figurative language such as analogies, similes and metaphors to help paint the picture in the reader's mind.... (More)

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King Lear - family

The play revolves around the destruction of Lear and Gloucester’s families.

Both banish loyal children and reward the wicked ones with their inheritance.

Parental anxiety about their children’s love permeates the outlook of both men and they are both wracked with doubt, convinced they cannot rely upon the natural bond between them and their children.

The calamitous consequences for the kingdom of familial collapse are everywhere evident in the play. Families are not caring, supportive institutions. Brother pitted against brother, sister against sister. Mistrust, dishonesty and opportunism seem to dominate.

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Morning Song - Sylvia Plath

‘Morning Song’ evokes a number of moods. There seems to be a placid acceptance in stanza 1 (‘fat gold watch’, the midwife’s matter-of-fact action, the ‘bald cry [taking] its place among the elements’). However, this changes in stanza 2: the world is now cold – ‘a drafty museum’ – and the adults seem dwarfed by the place. Their ‘voices echo’, they are ‘blank as walls’, and their safety is threatened. Why? Does the baby’s nakedness make them feel

more vulnerable? Or perhaps the new arrival reminds them that they are now an older generation, facing death? The sense of unease... (More)

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Arrival of the Bee Box - Sylvia Plath

THEMES

Freedom and repression

Self-expression

Being oneself

Control