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

Poetry 2016 - Higher Level, Essential Guide

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

Elizabeth Bishop 16

The Fish 17

The Bight 21

At the Fishhouses 23

The Prodigal 26

Questions of Travel 28

The Armadillo 31

Sestina 33

First Death in Nova Scotia 36

Filling Station 39

In the Waiting Room 42

Emily Dickinson 46

“Hope” is the thing with feathers 47

There’s a certain Slant of light 49

I felt a Funeral, in my Brain 51

A Bird came down the Walk 53

I heard a Fly buzz – when I died 55

The Soul has Bandaged moments 57

I could bring You Jewels – had I a mind to 60

A narrow Fellow in the Grass 62

I taste a liquor never brewed 64

After great pain, a formal feeling comes 67

Paul Durcan 69

Nessa 70

The Girl with the Keys to Pearse’s Cottage 72

The Difficulty that is Marriage 74

Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail 76

Parents 78

En Famille, 1979 80

Madman 81

“Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork 82

Six Nuns Die in Convent Inferno 88

Sport 95

Father’s Day, 21 June 1992 98

The Arnolfini Marriage 101

Ireland 2002 103

Rosie Joyce 104

The MacBride Dynasty 108

Thomas S. Eliot 110

The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock 111

Preludes 116

Aunt Helen 119

from The Waste Land: II. A Game of Chess 120

Journey from the Magi 124

from Landscapes: III Usk 126

from Landscapes: IV Rannoch, by Glencoe 127

from The Four Quartets: East Coker IV 129

Philip Larkin 131

Wedding-Wind 132

At Grass 134

Church Going 136

An Arundel Tomb 139

The Whitsun Weddings 142

MCMXIV 146

Ambulances 149

The Trees 152

The Explosion 154

Cut Grass 157

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin 159

Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Night 160

The Second Voyage 162

Deaths and Engines 165

Street 168

Fireman’s Lift 169

All for You 172

Following 174

Kilcash 177

Translation 180

The Bend in the Road 182

On Lacking the Killer Instinct 184

To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009 187

Sylvia Plath 189

Black Rook in Rainy Weather 190

The Times Are Tidy 193

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