Every year, assured teachers and anxious students do their best to guess what prescribed poets will appear on the last pages of those ugly pink exam papers. It's a doomed cycle we all experience and contemplate, even all the way up until the famous Paper 2 day. With those 2017 exams around the corner to ruin our summer while everyone else is planning their holidays, you want to be really, really, really sure of your poet choices to prevent yourself from cry the season away with regrets.
Now, quite obviously, you can almost certainly guess what I'm going to ask... *ahem* Which word-playing, emotionally crippled writer (a poet, duh) are you studying? How many? And who is your best bet to show up? And why/what's the reasons for studying them?
Personally, I am largely betting on Eavan Boland definitely being on that paper. And why? Well, she is an Irish poet! But not is she only an Irish poet, she is a female poet AND alive. The famous and unconfirmed myth among teachers and students is that when in it comes to poet selection, there will be one female poet and/or one Irish poet on the papers. And so far this has proven to be true for several years.
Definitely agree with you the poets that I'll be learning of is Boland for sure and plath. And maybe bishop kinda don't see her repeating but you never know and also she also came up a good bit in past leaving cert exams so doesn't really make sense if she appears again instead of the likes plath who hasn't came up as much compare to bishop but as I said again they could trick us so prob will learn Bishop just to be safe.
There is also a chance of hopkins coming aswell if anyone likes his poetry I particularly don't like his poetry so I wont learn him off. So basically Bishop and Plath big chance and although there is a chance of bishop repeating again if you think about it she came up a good times before so don't really see the State exams putting her again only because she came up a good few times already that's just my opinion. Anyone agree?
In my view I just dont see Boland comeing up again as she has came up too many times before thats not to say that she wont repeat herself. So then I'll be learning off Boland,Plath and Durcan and then maybe Bishop
None.... I do ordinary
What about Hopkins? I feel like he has a good chance of coming up. hate Bishop and Durcan so I really dont want to study for them
Yes also chance of him coming up but I don't like his poetry