What’s the quickest signal to an examiner that a pupils doesn’t really understand a poem? Pronouns. Or rather, to be more precise, overuse of pronouns. Pronouns, as I often tell my pupils, are not your friend.
Let’s look at a typical example of a pronoun-heavy analytical paragraph:
Power is presented in ‘Storm on the Island’ through the memories of the damage that nature has done. This is shown through the declarative ‘we are prepared’, which suggests that nature has a history there and that they are ready for them. The adjective ‘prepared’ implies that they are ready for the storm to…
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