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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…

Gerard Manley Hopkins Full Notes and Sample Answer: Innovative Style and Fundamental Truths

“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. (2013)
leaving cert english gerard manley hopkins
As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame
Although Gerard Manley Hopkins' poetry is over one hundred years old, his expression of what he believes are fundamental truths provides it with an enduring quality which continues to enthral readers today. In particular, it is Hopkins' innovative style - his use of compound words, sprung rhythm and a contemplative approach - allow the reader to have a greater appreciation of the trials he faced. Hopkins achieves this by combining his exploration of nature and God, together with his belief in the uniqueness of the individual in the context of diversity created by God – a characteristic he referred to as 'inscape'. The essay begins by examining his nature poems in which his innovative style is evident. In these poems, Hopkins questions man's ways but still retains hope in the rejuvenation of nature. It then progresses to two of his dark sonnets, in which hope has faded.

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