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I have been posting notes here for some years now since I retired as a teacher of English and as an Advising Examiner for English Higher Level for many years.  What I have done here is bring all those links together in one post or blog to save you the trouble of constantly searching the internet each time you want to do some background work on a text or a poet or author. It’s my version of a ‘One-Stop Shop’ and you know the drill: just click on the link!  My choice of texts is personal and obviously will not suit every teacher, every student, or every class.  You can easily see where my own preferences lie by simply viewing the number of links provided for each text or poet!

YEATS SAID OF  HIS OWN POETRY THAT IT WAS ‘BUT THE CONSTANT STITCHING AND RESTITCHING OF OLD THEMES’.  CHECK THIS OUT FOR YOURSELF!  

 YOUR AIM SHOULD BE TO PICK YOUR OWN FAVOURITES FROM THIS SELECTION AND GET TO KNOW THEM VERY WELL. 

However, Caveat Emptor!  Leaving Cert Student Beware !!  These are resources that you should use wisely.  They are personal responses to the various texts and you should read and consider them if you find them useful.   IN OTHER WORDS, MAKE YOUR OWN OF THEM, ADD TO THEM OR DELETE FROM THEM AS YOU SEE FIT.  ALSO, YOU MIGHT SPREAD THE WORD, DON’T KEEP THEM ALL TO YOURSELF!

Single Text

Study Notes on A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

Macbeth

Shakespearean Tragedy Defined

Macbeth: A Tragedy

Macbeth: Order violated, order restored.

Macbeth: From Centrality to Isolation

Macbeth: A Truly Aware Tragic Hero?

Macbeth is a villain, but…

Some Grace Notes on Macbeth

Macduff’s Character Explored

Novels for Comparative Section 

Wuthering Heights

Major Themes in Wuthering Heights

The Depiction of Childhood in Wuthering Heights: Some Observations on Characterisation in the Novel

Imagery and Symbolism in Wuthering Heights

Grace Notes on Wuthering Heights

Silas Marner

Silas Marner: The Characters

Themes in Silas Marner

Imagery in Silas Marner

Fairy-Tale Elements in Silas Marner

Silas Marner by George Eliot is a radically disturbing social document

Poetry

Elizabeth Bishop

Themes and Issues in the Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop: The Poet’s Poet

These two at the end are not on your course but what the heck enjoy them anyway!

Roosters’ by Elizabeth Bishop: A poem whose time has come again?

Commentary on ‘Sandpiper’ by Elizabeth Bishop

Emily Dickinson

An Overview of the Poetry of Emily Dickinson

John Donne

An Introduction to Metaphysical Poetry

John Donne and Metaphysical Poetry

An Analysis of Some of my Favourite Poems by John Donne

Patrick Kavanagh

The Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh

Some Recurring Themes in the Poetry of Patrick Kavanagh

Analysis of Patrick Kavanagh’s Use of the Sonnet

An Overview of Patrick Kavanagh’s Poetry

Patrick Kavanagh is a very Religious Poet: Discuss

Patrick Kavanagh is a poet of the Ordinary: Discuss

Patrick Kavanagh’s Poetry is full of Honesty, Integrity, and Simplicity: Discuss

A sense of loss pervades much of Patrick Kavanagh’s poetry: Discuss

Stony Grey Soil by Patrick Kavanagh

Canal Bank Walk by Patrick Kavanagh

Advent by Patrick Kavanagh

Derek Mahon

Derek Mahon: An Overview

Adrienne Rich

Exploring the Poetry of Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012)

Hidden Riches in The Poetry of Adrienne Rich

William Butler Yeats

Study Notes on the Poetry of W.B. Yeats

An Overview of Yeats’s Poetry

YEATS: A POET OF OPPOSING TENSIONS.

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