Thomas S. A Level English and World Literature tutor, IB English and ...
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Thomas S.

Degree: English & American Studies (Bachelors) - Manchester University

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About me

I am a English & American Studies student at the University of Manchester. While my passion is the written word, I have always had a desire for knowledge about all the questions that surround works of literature. What were Dante's political motivations for putting many of his supposed friends in Hell in the Divine Comedy? Why did Uncle Tom's Cabin sell so many copies? Whats the relationship between Mannerism in art and architecture and Modernism in literature? I hope to encourage this broader understanding of the links in humanist study in you in whatever field you choose. In approaching history, art, literature and politics from a range of angles, what may have bored you might now seem fascinating.

I have experience tutoring through my school's tutoring support system, coaching football, and have also given lessons on how to play the trumpet! (Do not worry, these are optional). The sessions will either be concept or text driven, and aimed to produce an understanding that promotes critical thinking - the best preparation for essays and exams in the humanities.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

Subjects offered

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English A Level £20 /hr
English Literature A Level £20 /hr
English and World Literature A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
English Literature GCSE £18 /hr
English and World Literature GCSE £18 /hr
History GCSE £18 /hr
History of Art GCSE £18 /hr
Politics GCSE £18 /hr
English 13 Plus £18 /hr
History 13 Plus £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
EnglishA-LevelA
HistoryA-LevelA
PoliticsA-LevelA
History Of ArtA-LevelA
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Questions Thomas has answered

How do I approach an unseen poem?

It is very important to remember when analysising an unseen poem that is NOT PROSE. This means the tools that you apply to the text must take into account the differences between the two. To make sure you distinguish your approach to poetry from your approach to prose, it is most important tha...

It is very important to remember when analysising an unseen poem that is NOT PROSE. This means the tools that you apply to the text must take into account the differences between the two. To make sure you distinguish your approach to poetry from your approach to prose, it is most important that you focus on FORM, VOICE and SOUND.

An essential component of poetry is FORM. How many stanzas are there? How long are they? What is their relation to each other? These are all questions that focus in on the form of the poem, as they interpret the thinking behind how the poem is structured. Are lengthy stanzas placed beside shorter ones merely by chance? Or is that a deliberate choice by the poet to weigh short, sharp clarity against longer, more aimless strands of the poem?

Noticing the difference between stanzas, and how they relate, is also crucial to understanding VOICE in poetry. Poets often play with the concept of voice, challenging your assumption that there is one speaker throughout. The  'I' from stanza 1 may not be the 'me' in stanza 2. The question as to who is speaking in any given poem is very rarely a straightforward one. Who are these voices? Where are they speaking from, and what are their motivations? Think of these voices as different masks, or characters, of the poet's voice. They may not be distinct personalities, but they may show different tones, dictions or accents which you can identify.

When analysing what these voices are actually saying, it is important to remember that poems are meant to read aloud, meaning that SOUND plays a crucial role. Does the poem use rhyme, and to what effect? Are they obvious nursery rhymes that chime together easily or are they more are they disjointed half rhymes that share some sounds but not all? Do the words look like they rhyme, like 'raid' and 'said', but actually don't? Are there internal rhymes in the poem and how does this affect how you read it? There are other sound techniques used by poets that you should look out for. Assonance (shared vowel sounds, as in the 'o' sound in 'row' and 'mouth') and Consonance (shared consonant sounds, as in the 'p' in 'help' and 'stop') are also important to look out for, especially if the poem does not use rhyme (or at least not obviously).

Poetry is an art which like scultpure has shape, like drama has characters and voices, and like music has sound. These elements must be incorporated into any analysis of poetry.

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