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Reading your allocated texts over and over again is one of the best revision techniques for English Literature as it familiarises you further with the plot and characters.
Along with this, identifying the themes of each text is key, as is finding and learning quotations to support them. It is particularly helpful if these quotations also contain literary devices that can be analysed, such as: metaphors, similes and personification. This can also be done in terms of important settings and characters within the texts which results in a list of quotations which can be readily analysed and learnt.see more
What is important regarding unseen poetry is that you first understand the poem that is in front of you. The best way to do this is to read over the poem carefully at least two times. Once you have done this, identify what you think might be the theme or the message of the poem, examples of this could be friendship or the passage of time. Following this you should look for quotations from the text that can provide evidence for the themes or messages you have found. This can be done once again by carefully going through the poem, this time underlining or highlighting any poetic techniques used. These techniques might include: metaphors, similes, alliteration or enjambment. You should then consider the effect that these poetic techniques have when reading the poem. For example, enjambment can be used to increase the pace of a poem. Along with this a particular feeling or emotion can be created which can also be discussed. In the conclusion it is useful to discuss the effect of the poem overall and summarise the main point of your essay. Due to the timed conditions it is necessary to remember that your essays should be that of quality not quantity, therefore it is better to have fewer, well developed points with plenty of supporting evidence.see more
Form is the style in which a a piece of text is written in, for example: novel, short story, play, dramatic monologue and sonnet. What is also included in the form of a text is the genre it is written in, examples can include gothic or comedy.
Structure is how the plot, or even simply sentences are constructed, therefore things to consider include: the chronology of the text, or from whose perspective the text is being written from.
Language is considered as the vocabulary used within a text, including language devices such as: pathetic fallacy, personification, direct speech and metaphor.see more