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Harry W.

Currently unavailable: until 01/08/2016

Degree: English Literature (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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Board: 0CR, Edexcel, AQA

Availability: 5pm-9pm Mon-Fri, 11am-5pm Sat 12-5pm

Subjects: English and Politics

Studying English Literature at Exeter University and taking optional modules on Shakespeare and Film Studies. My two loves are English and Politics and I successfully achieved an A* in both at Pates Grammar School. Moreover, I completed a four week TESOL course in June which greatly improved my communication skills; teaching English as a second language to non-native speakers, both in the classroom and on a one to one basis. 

English is about wrestling with big ideas that interest you. The key is being able to extract those from the text and analyse them in an engaging, critical manner. Individuality should always be encouraged and having your own distinct style, while always remaining analytical, is invaluable. This is what I hope to impart to my students, as well as practical exam skills and a genuine passion for the subject.

Subjects offered

English A Level £24 /hr
English Literature A Level £24 /hr
Extended Project Qualification A Level £24 /hr
Media Studies A Level £24 /hr
Politics A Level £24 /hr
English GCSE £22 /hr
English Language GCSE £22 /hr
English Literature GCSE £22 /hr
History GCSE £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £24 /hr


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4.9from 26 customer reviews

Abby (Parent) June 2 2016

Tosin really enjoyed his first lesson. Thank you

Judith (Parent) June 2 2016

Very helpful with breaking down and analysing paragraphs.

Habib (Student) May 20 2016

Harry is a great tutor who has a genuine interest for the student to do well. Thank you for your help!

Emma (Parent) February 25 2016

Harry's sessions are very well planned and thoughtful . Gus is benefitting from his lessons . Thank you .
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Questions Harry has answered

How should you critique poetry?

Tackling poetry can certainly be a daunting task. Often my students tell me that poetry feels like a foreign language to them and, in many ways, this is not an unfair argument. It is important to accept that how we read poetry will be and should be different from how we read prose. A seminar t...

Tackling poetry can certainly be a daunting task. Often my students tell me that poetry feels like a foreign language to them and, in many ways, this is not an unfair argument. It is important to accept that how we read poetry will be and should be different from how we read prose. A seminar tutor, and poet himself, once said this to me: ‘Poetry means more than prose and means in more ways’. This idea makes so much sense when we think about the myriad of extra ways poems convey meaning in comparison with say a novel.


Rhythm and Metre


First and perhaps foremost, there are concerns surrounding rhythm and metre. Poetry is a kind of ‘musical speech’ and is therefore nearly always rhythmical in some way. These rhythms create the feel of a piece long before you look at specific words and their meaning. As an example lets take an extract from Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’


                   Half a league, half a league,

                    Half a league onward,

                   All in the valley of Death

                    Rode the six hundred.


Reading those repetitive, galloping triplets of ‘Half a league’ we can already hear the thunder of charging cavalry long before Tennyson actually begins to fully describe the scene. The rhythm of the poem also reflects the nervous, erratic heart beats of the soldiers charging towards almost certain death. Instead, of a regular ‘da-dum, da-dum’ rhythm, which echoes the resting beat of a human heart, we have a more frantic ‘dum-da-da, dum-da-da’ beat, which feels like a breathless panting sound. In this way, Tennyson uses the extra tool of rhythm, which poetry has at its disposable, to both create and consolidate meaning. Indeed the rhythm of a poem can mean just as much, if not more, than the words themselves.


Form and Structure


Yet we may also focus on the form of the poem and how it is actually structured on the page. Novels tend to be broken up in a fairly conventional manner. Lines run to the edge of the page, a collection of lines will form a paragraph and these paragraphs will make up pages and chapters. Whilst some prose writers are more experimental than this, there is undoubtedly a standard which most writers follow. Poets on the other hand can structure their writing in a dizzying variety of ways and all of these structures can create different meanings. Let’s look at A.E. Housman’s ‘The Laws of God, The Laws of Man’ to help illustrate this.


                        And how am I to face the odds

                        Of man’s bedevilment and God’s?

                        I, a stranger and afraid

                        In a world I never made.

                        They will be master, right or wrong;

                        Though both are foolish, both are strong.


Notice how the central couplet is much shorter than the lines surrounding it. These two lines are about a feeling of isolation and, to reflect this, the central lines themselves appear isolated from the surrounding lines. The couplet timidly contracts and is lost amongst the other lines, mirroring the feelings of the speaker. In this way Housman uses the structure of his poem to reinforce the meaning of the words themselves.


These are just a few of the things we need to bear in mind when thinking about poetry compared to prose. There is certainly a lot more to be said, but I would always encourage students not to dismiss poetry as ‘meaningless’ but instead to consider the mantra: ‘Poetry means more than prose and means in more ways’.










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