The Purpose of this Blog

Your task on this blog is to write a brief summary of what we learned in class today. Include enough detail so that someone who was ill or missed the lesson can catch up with what they missed. Over the course of the term, these 'class scribe' posts will grow to be a guide book for the course, written by students for students.

With each post ask yourself the following questions:
1) Is this good enough for our guide book?
2) Will your post enable someone who wasn't here to catch up?
3) Would a graphic/video/link help to illustrate what we have learned?

Saturday, 12 February 2011

8th February 2011

In this lesson we reviewed Tennyson’s poems, we looked at the language and methods used to tell each one.

· The Lotos Eaters - Stanza style: split between Duty and pleasures

· Ulysses- the dramatic monologue brings him to life, almost like he is talking to us.

· Tithonus- Imagery to present Life and Death.

· Mariana- Repetition to project her emotions/ mood being persistent.

· Godiva- Heroic presents women as positive.

· Lady of Shallot- Repetition and Rhyme reinforces shallots entrapment

We then looked at the ingredients for a good A) a Response and these were some of the things we found:

· The essay must relate Language, Structure, and form to NARRATIVE,

· L = analysis of main features of language and comment of effects

· S = exploration of key features of structure with perceptive evaluation on how they shape meaning

· F = Exploration and analysis of key features of for form with the evaluation of how they shape meanings. (this is closely linked to Structure)

Finally, we had a go at Writing the opening paragraph of an A) a essay question, we did this as a class.

How does Tennyson tell the story in The Lotos Eaters?

Tennyson incorporates and fuses different form of narrative to present a debate between duty and pleasure. The opening narrative stanza employs what could almost be described as a ‘mini dramatic monologue’. In the initial two lines Ulysses shouts ‘courage...this mounting wave will roll us shoreward soon’. The initial trochee here contrasts with the regulated iambic meter of the highly fixed Spenserian stanza. This shift shows Ulysses dominance and determination to lead his men home.


- Finish the essay we started in class, and comment on this AWESOME blog.

That’s all, Aisha .M.M

ps. sorry it took so long to post this..


  1. well presented Aisha

    Question requirements (for those who don't remember/ know)

    A(a : AO2 (language + structure + form)

    A(b : Ao1 - Ao3 - Ao4 (knowledge and understanding/ writing style + Context)

    B : Ao1 - Ao2 - Ao3

  2. Good Blog. Well detailed and very descriptive.

    Chris W

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  4. good blog aisha, well done


  5. Good blog post.
    Helped me alot.


  6. Great blog Aisha this really jelped me understand the fuLl meaning of A02 and how to be full on descriptive on our homework that we have been given.

  7. You are committed my friend.
    Your points on each poems main features will really help me in future essays and my exam.


  8. Extremely well written blog Aisha....:)
    very detailed and informative....


  9. really good blog, well structured was easy to follow, and beneficial for anyone who missed the lesson.

  10. that was leigh martin by the way ^^^^^ shweetttt!!!

  11. aisha well done, gosh tennyson is very well detailed however i would like to compare him to the other guys we do with mr chatterly..brown