Complete Guide: H1 Leaving Cert English Notes and Sample Answers 2018

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PAPER II

Single text


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.

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

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
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
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 Gatsby, King Lear and Macbeth.
- Poets Larkin, Montague and NĂ­ ChuilleanĂ¡in


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