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Greater Dublin Area (GDA) for Leaving Cert Geography

Tip: I found it extremely beneficial to know this chapter inside out and back to front. There is more to write about the GDA in comparison with the West of Ireland, and the questions are often easier to get big marks in. There’s a good bit in this chapter, but much of it is common sense or things you’d hear about on the news. Be specific; learn exact figures regarding population, average temperatures etc. This is a critical piece of advice across the entire geography course, but particularly in the Regional section. 

Our Geography notes are coming soon, subscribe to our emails to get all the important updates (it's free and secure) Physical processes  Climate  Cool temperate maritime  Lower precipitation (compared to the WoI). 800-1000mm per year. In rain shadow of Dublin Mountains (which are 1200m high) Sunshine- 4 hours per day average Summer temperature- 16 degrees Celsius Winter temperature- 5 degrees Celsius Growing season- 270 days Relief
Lowland region- low, flat land Dublin…

Sylvia Plath Sample Answer & Notes: Personal Experience Of Suffering And The Redemptive Power Of Love

The most recent question on Sylvia Plath came up on the 2014 Higher Level paper:


“Plath makes effective use of language to explore her personal experiences of suffering and to provide occasional glimpses of the redemptive power of love.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of Sylvia Plath on your course.

The marking scheme directs examiners to reward discussion of imagery and language to reveal the poet's fears and sadness, her fascination with nature and childhood, etc.
Occasional glimpses of a smile
Sylvia Plath’s poetry reflects her troubled, yet fascinating outlook on life. Paradoxically, despite brimming with overpowering emptiness and dark emotions, her poetry is effortlessly beautiful. An occasional incandescent light shines through and reminds her of love, as she methodically contemplates nature or reflects on motherhood with incredible selfless depth. I am going to discuss Plath’s evocative language that reflects the amplitude of her overwhelming feelings and fascinating thought process in the context of Poppies in July, Finisterre, Black Rook in Rainy Weather, Pheasant as well as Morning Song and Child.

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