Autumn iRevise Online Tutorial Series 31st of August to 5th of December

Leaving Certificate English Poetry Revision Notes

Contents

Contents 2

How do I use these notes? 6

What is the poetry section all about? 7

Questions asked in previous years… 8

How do I approach it? 10

How do I structure my response? 11

What should to be in my answer? 13

Terms to remember 14

Emily Dickinson 16

“Hope” is the thing with feathers 17

There’s a certain Slant of light 19

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain 21

A Bird came down the Walk 23

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died 25

The Soul has Bandaged moments 27

I could bring You Jewels – had I a mind to 30

A narrow Fellow in the Grass 32

I taste a liquor never brewed 34

After great pain, a formal feeling comes 37

John Donne 41

The Sun Rising 42

Song: Go, and catch a falling star 45

The Anniversary 47

Song: Sweetest love, I do not goe 50

The Dreame (Deare love, for nothing less than thee…) 53

A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning 55

The Flea 58

Batter my heart 60

At the round earth’s imagined corners 62

Thou hast made me 64

Robert Frost 69

The Tuft of Flowers 70

Mending Wall 73

After Apple-Picking 76

The Road Not Taken 79

Birches 81

‘Out, Out—’ 85

Spring Pools 88

Acquainted with the Night 90

Design 92

Provide, Provide 94

Thomas Hardy 99

Drummer Hodge 100

he Darkling Thrush 102

The Self-Unseeing 105

Channel Firing 107

The Convergence of the Twain 110

Under the Waterfall 114

The Oxen 117

During Wind and Rain 119

Afterwards 122

When I Set Out for Lyonesse 124

John Montague 127

Killing the Pig 128

The Trout 131

The Locket 133

The Cage 136

Windharp 139

All Legendary Obstacles 141

The Same Gesture 143

The Wild Dog Rose 145

Like Dolmens Round My Childhood, The Old People 150

A Welcoming Party 153

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 158

Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Nicht 159

The Second Voyage 161

Deaths and Engines 164

Street 167

Fireman’s Lift 168

All for You 171

Following 173

Kilcash 176

Translation 179

The Bend in the Road 181

On Lacking the Killer Instinct 183

To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009 186

Sylvia Plath 188

Black Rook in Rainy Weather 189

The Times Are Tidy 192

Morning Song 194

Finisterre 196

Mirror 199

Pheasant 202...

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