The Poetry Buddy: A Seamus Heaney Guide for Advanced Level Students.

The Poetry Buddy is a Seamus Heaney guidebook meant for MATSEC Advanced Level students, as well as anyone who is looking for a fresh and unconventional approach to the appreciation of poetry. It offers:

– A close reading of seven of the poems on the Advanced Level Syllabus: ‘Blackberry-Picking’, ‘Personal Helicon’, ‘Requiem for the Croppies’, ‘The Plantation’, ‘North’, ‘The Otter’, ‘A Kite for Michael and Christopher’.

– Lucid language and a readable, student-friendly approach;

– Lively and creative explanations of how diction, imagery, tone, form, versification, rhyme, rhythm and soundscapes work for each poem under consideration;

– Contextual information that does not take away from the poems’ emotional impetus;

– Elucidation and examples of poetic devices;

– A rejection of the conventional summary and thematic approaches to poetry;

– Bar codes for further reading.

The INTRODUCTION features the Advanced Level Literary Criticism component and is essential reading for anyone who is looking for practical tips to enjoy and fall in love with poetry.

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A Seamus Heaney Guide for Advanced Level students.

A guide for MATSEC English Advanced Level students. The price includes 3.20 postage costs (Malta only).