How to write a poetry essay: the basics for Key Stage 3 students…

I’m going to show you how to write a poetry essay firstly let’s consider what so også aiming to achieve you need to show you understand the poem first of all in your essay that to communicate that to the reader of the essay you should show you understand its key ideas and images and take your senses poetry that you need to think about the imagery in a poem and should show you understand the poet’s techniques this is the essay title that you’re going to have a go at writing an answer to how does hardly make the convergence of the train such an effective home let’s just discuss that was two parts of this as to how okay how does this writer manage to do this what is it in the language that makes us kind of feel this is a good poem and effective that’s the second part you know it’s a good poem you’ve got to evaluate judge it you select the bits that are really working for you and if they’re not quite working for you go back to the poem reread it get to know it well so the actually you are engaging with it so good if you don’t really understand the poem so go back to my other video and try and work out really grapple with it and really work out what’s going on the structure of essay you need to have three parts to an essay this type and this is a typical essay structure you should have an introduction you introduce the main topic a main body of the essay at least four paragraphs we explore the question in depth giving your views and then a conclusion where is some of your thoughts okay your introduction this should aim to make the reader think you have something interesting to say but not answer raised but not answer some of the key questions you have and for example you could write this but don’t copy this this is just give you an idea if you really desperate maybe you could sort of adapt this into something that’s in your own words but I would strongly advise you to come up with your own thoughts the Titanic is a fascinating topic for a poet because it’s so rich in imagery Thomas Hardy wrote one of his best poems about the tight called the convergence between in this poem it describes the ship line the bottom the ocean it’s a chilling poem but what makes it so creepy and interesting this essay explore this key issue right it’s a few things here notice I have a topic sentence at the beginning I just state you know something about the poem so you could have a go at this you know the Titanic and is a great subject for a poet or that you know so many things you could think about to write a poem up about with the Titanic and then talk a little bit about Thomas Hardy and and then perhaps address the question remember the question was how effective it was now I’ve kind of reworded the question now I’ve said you know what makes it so creepy and interesting with us basically the question you’ve been asked to do and then I’ve said I’m going to explore this in the indie essay right the main body of your essay you need to quote an analyze or P you need to have a point evidence and explanation for this I’m going to talk about this a bit more in the next slide right your main body think feel see this is the key to doing well in English and in poetry you basically for this essay you need to have six or seven key quotes in the poem that make most effective uses of language and explain why they are effective remember that’s the question isn’t it to show how you know does he make it such an effective poem and you need to explain therefore why it is effective for you so firstly you need to think about what are the images make you think and take us through and explain in clear words what what is it actually making you think about in this poem what do they make you feel what are these images these words and bits of language make you feel it’s an emotional poem and we feel lots of different feelings in this poem at different points what do they make you see and there’s loads of visual images in this poem so and why do they do this ok but quoting and using quotation mark embed the embed your quotes in there same but quoted words in quotation marks so this is an example of this perhaps of a bit of a main body of the essay again you can use some of the ideas here in your own essay but you know as you write it in your own words come up my own thoughts Hardy says that a horrible sea worm crawls over the mirrors of all the rich people and that the this that it is grotesque slime dumb indifferent silver Technium it effective image because it makes me think about the bottom of the ocean and how different it is to the Titanic the word grotesque makes me realize that the sea worm is ugly in this slimy again I didn’t put this in but you know that word slimed kind of gives you a sense of the worm actually crawling over these mirrors does men can actually feel it and in the rhythm of the word it makes me it gives me a funny feeling to think that those mirrors which once been looked into by rich people are now being fingered and by a slimy animal doesn’t care about anything human so now I’m talking about my feelings and my thoughts about this and you know it does give you a funny feeling doesn’t it this whole poem is really creepy if you think about that down in the bottom of the ocean it was someone so full of life and you think you go over again your mind don’t you how what a contrast there was between what was actually happening in the ship just a few minutes before it sank and what’s actually there now with everything lying and bottom the ocean in the most sort of ghastly and ghostly way concentrate upon a little a lot don’t worry about explaining the whole poem give an overview of it then focus upon what works for you and why so don’t just take us through line by line explain every line don’t need to do that you’ve got to answer the question so what’s effective and go into depth about that connotations this is a crucial thing you know think about the connotations of the words and the language and the associations they bring to mind and what may they make you think feel and see that’s the crucial thing here okay what your or um what you actually see in your mind when you read the poem and again if you don’t quite understand the poem you need to go back to it and really work on it and understand you know some key elements in it conclusion you sum up your points by saying what you think it’s most effective at home so for example for me it’s that the poem is most effective because it makes me think okay it has conjured a lot of feelings in me of the sort of creepiness that underneath the sea and I’ve seen it it’s visually interesting but it makes me think about fate and the way in which our lives are controlled by fate you know any moment and that iceberg crash into the ship that will sink and go to the bottom of the sea oh thanks