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How do you compare poetry for GCSE?

When comparing poetry for GCSE, there are a few key steps you can follow to help you analyse and evaluate the similarities and differences between the poems:

Read and annotate the poems

Read each poem carefully and annotate them with notes about the language, structure, tone, themes, and other literary devices used in each poem.

Identify similarities and differences

Look for similarities and differences in the language, structure, themes, and literary devices used in each poem. Think about how the poets use these elements to convey their message or theme.

Consider the context

Consider the historical and cultural context in which the poems were written, as well as the poet's own personal experiences or perspective. This can help you understand the meaning and significance of the poems.

Use a comparative framework

Use a comparative framework or structure to organise your analysis. This could involve comparing the poems based on a particular theme or literary device, or analysing each poem in turn and then comparing and contrasting them.

Evaluate the poems

Once you have analysed and compared the poems, evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Think about which poem you think is more effective in conveying its message or theme, and why.

Overall, comparing poetry for GCSE requires careful analysis and evaluation of the language, structure, themes, and literary devices used in each poem, as well as an understanding of the context in which they were written. A clear and organised approach can help you compare the poems effectively and write a strong analysis. If your child needs help with comparing poetry for GCSE, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email


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