A844fa99 f659 4495 92c1 cebf7e68b749 pages from poetry csec engb 2e 2011 4thppMacmillan Study CompanionsSharon R.Wilson-StrannPOETRY FOR THE CSEC ENGLISH B EXAMINATIONSecond editionPrescribed list for 20122017CSECis a registered trademark of theCaribbean Examinations Council (CXC)POETRY FOR THE CSECENGLISH B EXAMINATIONis an independent publication and has not beenauthorised, sponsored, or otherwise approved by CXC.CSEC Study Comp Poetry 2nd PMDedicationTo my 5th form English B students at Ottos Comprehensive School who made me so proud:Alicia CharlesCazzan ChristianKamesa ElCockJahisha GeorgePatricia HallHuldah KirbyKyiesha NeddErika NicholasRohana SmithShalniel StephensDiana TuittKurn WilliamsSheneiza WinclassDeidragay YoungiiiSEC Study Comp Poetry 2nd PMContentsPreface viNote to Students viiUnit 1 Understanding Poetry How to Understand Poetry Part I 1How to Understand Poetry Part II 4How to Understand Poetry Part III 7How to Understand Poetry Part IV 9Unit 2
e Language Used in Poetry Understanding Imagery Part I 11Understanding Imagery Part II 14 e Poets Use of Language Part I 16 e Poets Use of Language Part II 18 e Poets Use of Language Part III 21 e Poets Use of Language Part IV 23CHECKPOINT 1 Poems Prescribed for the 20122014 CSEC English B Examination 27Poems Prescribed for the 20152017 CSEC English B Examination 28Unit 3 Analysis of Poems A Contemplation Upon Flowers 29Once Upon a Time 33Gods Grandeur 38Dreaming Black Boy 42Epitaph 47 is is the dark time, my love 50Le loupgarou 53CHECKPOINT 2 To an Athlete Dying Young 57Dulce et Decorum Est 62 eme for English B 66Forgive My Guilt 71 Contents CSEC Study Comp Poetry 2nd PM PrefaceI wrote the
rst edition of Poetry for the CSEC English B Examination in response to students complaints about how
cult it is for them to understand, appreciate and respond to poetry, especially that from the Caribbean Examination Certi cate (CXC) list of poems.
is edition has been signi cantly revised and updated to meet the demands of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certi cate English (CSEC) Syllabus.Its objective is to provide all the information students need to obtain the highest level of achievement in the poetry section of Paper I and Paper 2 of the CSECEnglish B examination.
Additional sections of this edition include: A section on understanding
gurative language; A section on the poets use of language; Extension activities and useful sources of information for each poem;Tips for writing comparative essays; Two sample questions and two sample essays, providing a model for students own writing; Exam tips for answering questions on Paper I, Section B of the exam;Biographical notes on each poet; An expanded glossary of specialist literary terms.I would be happy to receive feedback from both teachers and students.You may send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
.Alternatively, you may mail your feedback to Study Comp Poetry 2nd PMCSEC Study Comp Poetry 2nd PM Unit 1 Understanding PoetryIs the speaker/persona present in the poem? Is there a hero/heroine? What are his/her main characteristics?Are there mystical characters? Does the poet use them
ectively? What lessons have I learned from the persona or the main character?Activity 2Read Ol Higue by Mark McWatt (p.106).Write a descriptive paragraph on the main character of the poem.Recognising the Setting ere are various elements of the setting, which may be evident in any literary piece.
ese include: time (clock, calendar, seasonal and/or historical time); place (geographical location); weather conditions (sundrenched, showery, stormy etc); social and cultural conditions (clothing, language, beliefs, mannerisms, food, religious practices etc); atmosphere (the feeling that is created within the poem, for example, pleasant, terrifying, apprehensive).
ink About ......
In Epitaph by Dennis Scott (p.
47), you will notice that there are both explicit and implicit details about the setting.You learn that a man was hanged one clement morning (an explicit reference to time and weather conditions).
e phrases cane kept growing and a dead slave or two (implicit and explicit references) identify the historical period.
e phrase our island tale suggests that the poem could have been set in any one of the West Indian islands where the cruel system of plantation slavery once existed.
e womens / breathing and the childrens hushed
hopscotch joy implies that there was sorrow, fear and even shock
an emotionally charged atmosphere.
SEC Study Comp Poetry 2nd PMHow to Understand Poetry Part IITargetsMaking a list of some poetic formsDiscovering the themes of a poemUnderstanding imageryIdentifying the tone and moodPoetic Form is is also known as poetic genre, category of poetry or class of poetry.One way a poet may give form to his/her poem is by using rhyme, the repetition of sound, which occurs most o en at the end of lines.
e rhyme scheme can be marked by assigning letters at the end of lines to show which words rhyme.Some frequently used rhyme schemes are considered typical poetic forms.One example is the sonnet.Another way to determine the form of a poem is by its meter.For instance, blank verse contains lines of iambic pentameter that do not rhyme.
Some poems have neither rhyme scheme nor meter.
is is called free verse.ere are many other poetic forms.
Some of them will be explained in greater detail.Activity 4Research a few poetic forms such as the limerick, ode, elegy, dramatic monologue and clerihew.Try to create some of these types of poems on your own.Theme e theme is the main idea or central thought of the poem, o en conveyed implicitly by the characters, setting, symbols, allusions and other aspects of the poem.Do not confuse subject with theme e subject is the topic, such as death, love, war, identity, racism, poverty, dreams and aspirations, colonialism, heroism, innocence, friendship.However, the t