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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…

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PAPER II

Single text


1. King Lear
1. How to approach the text from the angle of the essay title

2. Sample Answers:
a. 2010: "In King Lear the villainous characters hold more fascination for the audience than the virtuous ones." Discuss this statement with reference to at least one villainous and one virtuous character. Support your answer with suitable reference to the text.
c. 2006: "In the play, King Lear, the stories of Lear and Gloucester mirror one another in interesting ways." Write a response to this view of the play, supporting your answer by reference to the text.
d. 2006: "Reading or seeing King Lear is a horrifying as well as an uplifting experience." Write a response to this view, supporting the points you make by reference to the text.

3. Short Notes:
e. 2016: “Throughout the course of the play, both Lear and Gloucester are tragic characters, but Lear develops into the more heroic figure.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Support your answer with reference to the play, King Lear.
f. 2016: “Shakespeare explores both the destructive and the redemptive power of love throughout the play, King Lear.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the play.

2. The Great Gatsby

3. Short Notes:
a. 2016: “Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby possess a variety of character traits that contribute to the dramatic and tragic aspects of the story.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement? Support your answer with reference to the novel, The Great Gatsby.
b. 2016 “Fitzgerald’s effective use of a range of contrasts helps to create a clearly unequal world in the course of his novel, The Great Gatsby.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the novel.



Poetry

1. Eavan Boland

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
The War Horse, Child of Our Time, The Famine Road, The Shadow Doll, White Hawthorn in the West of Ireland, Outside History, The Black Lace Fan my Mother Gave Me, This Moment, The Pomegranate and Love.

Sample Answer:

2. Robert Frost

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
The Tuft of Flowers Mending Wall After Apple-Picking The Road Not Taken Birches ‘Out, Out-’ Spring Pools Acquainted with the Night Design Provide, Provide.

Sample Answer
“Frost communicates rich insights into human experience using language that is both accessible and appealing.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Robert Frost on your course.


3. Paul Durcan

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
Nessa, “Windfall”, 8 Parnell Hill, Cork, The Difficulty That Is Marriage, Wife Who Smashed Television Gets Jail, Parents, En Famillie, 1979, Madman, Sport, Six Nuns Die In Convent Inferno, The Girl With The Keys To Pearse's Cottage, The Arnolfini Marriage, Ireland 2002 and Rosie Joyce.
b. 2016: “Durcan takes a narrative approach to explore a variety of issues in poems of great emotional honesty.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Paul Durcan on your course.

4. John Keats

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
To one who has been long in city pent, Ode To A Nightingale, On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, Ode On A Grecian Urn, When I have fears that I may cease to be, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, To Autumn and Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art

Sample Answer:
a. 2008: “John Keats presents abstract ideas in a style that is clear and direct.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with this assessment of his poetry? Support your points with reference to the poetry on your course

5. Gerard Manley Hopkins

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
God’s Grandeur, Spring, As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame, The Windhover, Pied Beauty, Felix Randal, Inversnaid, I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day, No worst there is none. Pitched past pitch of grief, Thou art indeed just, Lord, if I contend

Sample Answer:
a. 2013: "Hopkins’ innovative style displays his struggle with what he believes to be fundamental truths." In your opinion, is this a fair assessment of his poetry? Support your answer with suitable reference to the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins on your course

6. Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
Lucina Schynning in Silence of the Nicht, The Second Voyage, Deaths and Engines, Street, Fireman’s Lift, All for You, Following, Kilcash, Translation, The Bend in the Road, On Lacking the Killer Instinct, To Niall Woods and Xenya Ostrovskaia, married in Dublin on 9 September 2009

Sample Answer:
a. 2015: “Ní Chuilleanáin’s demanding subject matter and formidable style can prove challenging.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin on your course.

7. Philip Larkin

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
Wedding-Wind, At Grass, Church Going, An Arundel Tomb, The Whitsun Weddings, MCMXIV, Ambulances, The Trees, The Explosion and Cut Grass

Sample Answer:
a. 2012: “Larkin’s poems often reveal moments of sensitivity which lessen the disappointment and cynicism found in much of his work.” To what extent do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with suitable reference to the poetry of Philip Larkin on your course.

8. John Montague

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
Killing the Pig, The Trout, The Locket, The Cage, Windharp, All Legendary Obstacles, The Same Gesture, The Wild Dog Rose, Like Dolmens Round My Childhood, A Welcoming Party

a. 2015: “Montague makes effective use of evocative language to express a profound empathy with others.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of John Montague on your course.

Unseen Poetry

1. General Approach
2. Sample Answer:
a. 2015: Based on your reading of the above poem, identify the emotions expressed by the poet and explain how these emotions are conveyed in the poem

Comparative

1. How to use link words
2. General Vision and Viewpoint: Concepts and Short Sample
3. Cultural Context: Concepts and Short Sample
4. Literary Genre: Concepts and Short Sample
5. How to make comparisons and never forget them
Links the following essays:
Cultural Context : The Great Gatsby, All My Sons, The King's Speech
Cultural Context: The Great Gatsby, The Plough and the Stars, The King’s Speech
Cultural Context: Wuthering Heights, The Plough and the Stars, The King’s Speech
General Vision and Viewpoint: Foster, Juno and All My Sons
General Vision and Viewpoint: Foster, The King's Speech and The Plough and the Stars
General Vision and Viewpoint: Citizen Kane, The Dead and Wuthering Heights
Literary Genre: 1984, Rear Window, The Song of Achilles

Please note that with the exception of King Lear, The Great Gatsby and Macbeth, specific texts on the comparative are not covered. We decided against writing 7,700 sample essays to cover all possible combinations of texts on the syllabus. This is not just a matter volume, but due to the focus on comparison rather than detail in this section.

PAPER I

Section I and II: Approach
Speech/Talk/The Language of Persuasion
Discursive Essay/Language of Argument
Report/The language of Information
Personal Essay
Letter
Article
Descriptive Essay
Short Story

What does the guide not cover?
The guide has a wealth of useful information. As the syllabus required each student to choose from over 40 individual texts and over 50 poems it was neither required, nor feasible to cover everything. Please note that we do not cover:

- Specific comparative texts except The Great GatsbyKing Lear and Macbeth.

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