Revising 15 poems for the exam can feel like an impossible task, but it really doesn’t have to be hard work. Why not try putting the poems into clusters, related on their themes, ideas or form? It’s an excellent way to create bitesize revision and also target an assessment objective:

make comparisons and explain links between texts, evaluating writers’ different ways of expressing meaning and achieving effects

To get you started, we have collected the four poems with female voices and made some notes on them (click images to enlarge):

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Explore each of the poems further by finding other interesting quotations and developing an evaluative personal opinion of them. Revise by answering these questions:

  • What do they have in common?
  • How are they different?
  • Which poems talk are about relationships with men?
  • Is it restrictive that women are usually only seen this way?
  • Why are only 4 out of 15 of the poems about women?
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