English Paper 1 2017, Section I, Question A
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(ii) Robert Montgomery believes that poetry can be of benefit to society. In your opinion, have you benefitted from engaging with poetry during your time at school? Give reasons for your answer. (15) 4
(iii) Compare the two images featuring Robert Montgomery’s work that appear on Page 2. You should address the following in the course of your answer: setting and atmosphere, the poems, the visual impact of the images. Support your answer with reference to both images. 5
(i) Based on your reading of TEXT 1 (images and written text), what do you learn about Robert Montgomery’s approach to poetry? Support your answer with reference to TEXT 1. (15)
From my reading of TEXT 1, I think Robert Montgomery writes poetry primarily to catch people’s attention. He does this first and foremost through the striking, lyrical quality of his poems, which he illuminates with eye-catching displays in well-chosen locations.
We see this particularly in Image 1, a poem in which Montgomery describes the people we love as ‘ghosts inside’ us, suggesting that we ‘keep them alive’ for as long as we love them.
Image 1 exemplifies Montgomery’s approach also through the setting of and materials used to create the work i...