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Revising tennyson

  1. 1. What are these quotations suggesting about Tennyson and hispoetry?
  2. 2. Poem lucky dip. Women Godiva Death The Lady of Loss and bereavement Shalott The past – classical Mariana and medieval settings Men Ulysses Progress and the future Tithonus Beauty and art
  3. 3. The women in Tennyson’s Several Victorian painters were inspired by Tennyson’s poetry therefore the visualpoems are presented as effects Tennyson creates are the mostvictims of a male world. memorable feature of his poetry.‘Tithonus’ is Whicha the poemsLotos-Eaters and Choric simply of ‘The tocautionary tale. Song’ is a condemnation of connect to and explore drug-taking. (3 of them)?‘Ulysses’ is a celebration– why? Yes Stagnation and inactivityof old men. No – why? dominate the worlds of Tennyson’s poems.“Tennyson’s use of classical and “For Tennyson, to act is vital; there ismedieval settings could enhance nothing to be gained by beingor detract from the passive.” Tennyson’s poetry presentsappeal of his poems”. the advantages of an active life.
  4. 4. AO1: argument, debate, focused on the Section A – evenquestion, well-supported, embedded numberedthroughout, clear understanding of the question Section Bstories and the methods used to tell them,clearly written and argued, woven intocomments about the other AOs. Section A – oddAO2: analysis of aspects of language, numberedstructure and form that have been used to questiontell the story. Language = words and Section Bphrases, description, metaphor,characters, titles, names. Structure =order, time & sequence, rhyme, repetition,chronology, fragmentation, chapters,sections, stanzas. Form = why a poem or aprose, monologues, lyrical poetry, first Section A – even numberedperson narration, omniscient narration, questionpresent or past tense. Section BAO3: other readers, including personal Section A – evenresponses, different interpretations, numbered
  5. 5. Model answer• The first question: named poem, marked only for AO2 (Language, Stucture, Form).• Analyse the effects of the choices of L, S, F on the way the story is told – refer to relevant narrative methods: What? How? – Scenes and locations Why? – Characters and characterisation – Time and sequence Reader and writer. – Voice – Point of view – Destination
  6. 6. Model answer• The second question: same writer, a debatable idea is presented, marked for AO1 (argument and support/relevance), AO3 (other readers) and AO4 (context). – Debate the question – yes (agree), no (disagree) and why – AO1 should be woven through your answer – always focus on the question and your argument/debate – Refer to how different readers may respond, this could be due to time or their beliefs and opinions – Bring in relevant contextual information – about Tennyson’s life (that may have influenced his choices), about the Victorian
  7. 7. Model answer• The final question: the other 3 writers, a debatable idea is presented, marked for AO1 (argument and support/relevance), AO2, L, S, F and AO3 (other readers).• Debate the question – yes (agree), no (disagree) and why – AO1 should be woven through your answer – always focus on the question and your argument/debate – Make comparisons and structure your argument – Give examples relating to the question and how language, structure and form are used – Refer to how different readers may respond, this could be due to time or their beliefs and opinions
  8. 8. Look at the other models.• Go through them and find examples for the AOs• Look at the annotations from the examiner and where they have put the ticks• Ticks indicate what is being marked and rewarded• Try and pick out key phrases, even for texts that you haven’t studied• Read the commentaries
  9. 9. The women in Tennyson’s poemsare presented as victims of a male Which of the poems to connect to and exploreworld. (3 of them)? Yes – why? No – why?
  10. 10. ‘Tithonus’ is simply a cautionarytale. Which of the poems to connect to and explore (3 of them)? Yes – why? No – why?
  11. 11. ‘Ulysses’ is a celebration of oldmen. Which of the poems to connect to and explore (3 of them)? Yes – why? No – why?
  12. 12. “Tennyson’s use of classical andmedieval settings could enhance or Which of the poems todetract from the connect to and explore (3 of them)?appeal of his poems”. Yes – why? No – why?
  13. 13. Several Victorian painters were inspiredby Tennyson’s poetry therefore the Which of the poems tovisual effects Tennyson creates are the connect to and explore (3 of them)?most memorable feature of his poetry. Yes – why? No – why?
  14. 14. Lotos-Eaters and Choric Song’ is acondemnation of drug-taking. Which of the poems to connect to and explore (3 of them)? Yes – why? No – why?
  15. 15. Stagnation and inactivitydominate the worlds of Which of the poems to connect to and exploreTennyson’s poems. (3 of them)? Yes – why? No – why?
  16. 16. For Tennyson, to act is vital; there isnothing to be gained by being passive.” Which of the poems toTennyson’s poetry presents the connect to and explore (3 of them)?advantages of an active life. Yes – why? No – why?
  17. 17. TennysonTennyson is ‘the poet ofmelancholia, passionand despair’.T. S. Eliot
  18. 18. TennysonHave a read of the quotations. Do any ofthem obviously link to any of the poems?Label them.Which do you feel is the strongest/mostinteresting comment and why?Which poem/s does it apply to?
  19. 19. TennysonHave a read of the quotations. Do any ofthem obviously link to any of the poems?Label them.Which do you feel is the strongest/mostinteresting comment and why?Which poem/s does it apply to?
  20. 20. Tennyson‘The women in Tennyson’s poems are presented as victimsof a male world.’ AO1: Articulate creative, How far do you agree? informed and relevant responses to literary texts,Some will agree and focus on using appropriate terminology• the wife of Ulysses and concepts, and coherent,• the Lady of Shallot accurate written expression• Godiva to a point• Aurora - victim of the male gods perhaps AO3: clear consideration• Mariana of some differentSome will disagree and focus on interpretations of texts• Godiva’s triumph over her husband and with some evaluation of her gaining immortality in legend• Mariana might be discussed as a victim of their strengths and herself or of clinical depression weaknesses• Tithonus – more a victim than Aurora AO4: detailed exploration of some• Lady of Shallot – victim perhaps of contextual factors with specific, detailed links between context/texts/task supernatural forces, etc.
  21. 21. ‘The women in Tennyson’s poemsare presented as victims of a male Tennysonworld.’ AO1: Articulate creative, informed and relevant responses to How far do you agree? literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression AO3: clear consideration of some different interpretations of texts with some evaluation of their strengths and weaknesses AO4: detailed exploration of some contextual factors with specific, detailed links between context/texts/task Plan: Set up the debate in the first paragraph – are they only presented as victims? What does it mean to be a victim? What does the term suggest? Could they be viewed differently? Choose one of the poems and explore how the female character and her story are presented. What images do we get of her? How could she be interpreted by different readers? How might we respond to her character? Why is Tennyson presenting her character like this – consider the ways that women were treated and how they were viewed both at the time (contemporary) and now (modern context). Consider a second character. Consider a third character – maybe one who is completely different.
  22. 22. Yes: No:… …… …… …‘The women in Tennyson’s poems are presented as victims of a male world.’ How far do you agree?Some readers and critics may argue that… Don’t forget toThe counter argument would be that… connect to theAlternatively… STORY/NARRATIt is debatable that… IVE. ConsiderThere is ambiguity regarding… voices,It can be argued that… description, events,However… sequence.It could be interpreted that…A contemporary reader may… whereas a modern reader might…

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