Complete Guide: H1 Leaving Cert English Notes and Sample Answers 2020

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PAPER II

Single text

Hamlet

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

2. Sample Answer and Detailed Approach Breakdown:
a. 2011: “Revenge and justice are finely balanced themes in the play, Hamlet.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.

3. Sample Answers:
c. 2011: "Cladius can be seen as both a heartless villain and a character with some redeeming qualities in the play, Hamlet." Discuss both aspects of this statement supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.
d. "The portrayal of Hamlet as an outsider allows Shakespeare to critique the values of society."

3. Notes:
e. 2007: “The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth undergoes significant change during the course of the play.” Discuss this statement supporting your answer with the aid of suitable reference to the text.
f. 2009: “Macbeth’s murder of Duncan has horrible consequences both for Macbeth himself and for Scotland.” Write a response to this statement. You should refer to the play in your answer.
g. 2009 “Macbeth has all the ingredients of compelling drama.” Write a response to this statement, commenting on one or more of the ingredients which, in your opinion, make Macbeth a compelling drama.
g. 2013 “Shakespeare makes effective use of disturbing imagery in the play, Macbeth.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the text.
h. 2013 “The variety of significant insights that we gain into Macbeth’s mind proves critical in shaping our understanding of his complex character.” Discuss this view, supporting your answer with suitable reference to the play, Macbeth.



Poetry


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:
Emily Dickinson

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
“Hope” is the thing with feathers, There’s a certain Slant of light, I felt a Funeral, in my Brain A Bird came down the Walk, I heard a Fly buzz – when I died, The Soul has Bandaged moments, I could bring You Jewels – had I a mind to, A narrow Fellow in the Grass, I taste a liquor never brewed, After great pain, a formal feeling comes

Sample Answer:
a. "Far from being old fashioned and irrelevant Emily Dickinson’s unique poetic language continues to have both an enduring appeal and universal relevance.: Discuss.

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.

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.

D.H. Lawrence

Detailed poem notes & essay writing hacks:
Call Into Death, Piano, The Mosquito, Snake, Humming-Bird, Intimates, Delight of Being Alone, Absolute Reverence, What have they done to you?, Bavarian Gentians 

Sample Answer:
The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence – a personal journey. Write a personal response to the poems by D.H. Lawrence on your course. Support your points with reference to the poetry on your course.

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.

Full notes on Adrienne Rich (Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers, Uncle Speaks in the Drawing Room, Power, Storm Warnings, Living in Sin, The Roofwalker, Our Whole Life, Trying to Talk with a Man, Diving Into the Wreck, From a Survivor) and William Wordsworth (To My Sister, A slumber did my spirit seal, She dwelt among the untrodden ways, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, It is a beauteous evening, calm and free, The Solitary Reaper from The Prelude: The Stolen Boat [lines 357-400], Skating [lines 425-463], Lines Composed…above Tintern Abbey) will be written this year and made available free of charge to anyone who purchases this guide.


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. Theme or Issue: Concepts and Short Sample
4. Literary Genre: Concepts and Short Sample
5. How to make comparisons and never forget them
Links a multitude of sample essays on a variety of texts and a comparative table

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. 

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Leaving Cert notes
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