Anthology Poetry: Power and Conflict

In English Literature, you’ll study 15 poems from the power and conflict anthology. although the poems are very different, they all deal with different types of conflict or power. This includes conflict with nature, conflict in relationships as well as more obvious types of conflict such as violence and warfare.

In your exam, you’ll be given one poem and then asked to write an essay comparing the given poem to another of your choice from the anthology. You will not see the anthology in your exam, so it’s essential you have a good knowledge of all the poems in the anthology and can discuss them from memory.

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Example Essay Questions:

There are many different questions you could be asked in the exam, all requiring you to make interesting comparisons between poems.

The question will follow this sort of format:

Compare how poets present ideas about [a theme from the poetry anthology] in ‘[name of given poem]’ and in one other poem from ‘Power and Conflict’.

Examples might be

  • Compare how poets present ideas about pride in Ozmandias and one other poem from ‘Power and Conflict’
  • Compare how poets present ideas about nature in The Prelude and one other poem from ‘Power and Conflict’

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