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AQA Power & Conflict: 15 Poetry Flashcards

Here are 15 handy flashcards to help you revise the poems in the AQA Power & Conflict anthology. You can right click and save each one and then print them, or just scroll through for a refresher.

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Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney: Literary Techniques. Power & Conflict Poetry Anthology – GCSE English Literature

Imagery

‘spits like a tame cat turned savage’ – the sea is described as an unpleasant and uncontrollable animal.

‘space as a salvo’ and ‘we are bombarded by the empty air’ – the situation is described as warlike, making it seem as though there is an attack going on by an unseen army.

Personification

‘the wizened earth’ – the earth is described as intelligent.

‘can raise a tragic chorus’ – this is when the leaves and branches are hit.

‘that it pummels’ – pummels means to hit something quickly, often used when describing a fight.

‘the sea is company’ – the sea is described as a cure for loneliness.

Metaphor

‘strafes invisibly’ – the storm is described as a fighter plane.

Diction

‘stacks’ – haystacks, formed piles of hay

‘stooks’ – groups of sheaves stood up to dry in a field

‘salvo’ – the firing of several guns or weapons

Can you find any other techniques in Storm on the Island?

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Romeo & Juliet – Characters: Romeo. iGCSE English Literature

Here is a handy info-graphic containing some key information about the character of Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

What do you think of when you imagine the character or Romeo?

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English Literature GCSE – An Inspector Calls – Quotes for the Theme of Gender

Here are seven super-useful quotes from J. B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls. They all back up one of the major themes in the book: Gender.

“I hate those hard-eyed dough-faced women.” – Gerald. This is a nice, short quote, so worth trying to learn. It shows Gerald’s attitude towards women. He feels that they should look the way he wants and expects them to.

“…not only something to make ’em look prettier – but – well, a sort of sign or token of their self-respect.” – Mr Birling. Mr Birling’s views on women seem rather stereotypical here.

“She was claiming elaborate fine feelings and scruples that were simply absurd in a girl in her position.” – Mrs Birling. Oh dear. It seems that Mrs Birling has some out-of-date views too.

“We were paying the usual rates and if they didn’t like those rates, they could go and work somewhere else”. – Mr Birling. Here we have Mr Birling talking about Eva Smith. It’s a great quote, applying to these two characters and also the themes of gender, power and social class.

“young and fresh and charming”. – Gerald. Eva Smith is also being referred to here. Again, this is a very short quote, so really worth trying to learn.

“except for all last summer, when you never came near me” – Sheila. Here we have Sheila addressing Gerald.

“You’re not the kind of father a chap could go to when he’s in trouble” – Eric. Mr Birling hears some hard truths. This quote can also apply to the theme of responsibility.

Which quotes would you choose to discuss the theme of gender in An Inspector Calls?

What do you think about this theme?

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