Now that the curtains have been unveiled, we are free to welcome Mr. Ian Tan into the team! Check out his excellent “How to Read a Poem” series on YouTube, which should prove very useful to your grasp of the unseen for H2 Paper 3 and poetry comparison in H2 Paper 1. Read on for a few more selections from Mr. Tan’s series
Mind in its purest play is like some bat
That beats about in caverns all alone,
Contriving by a kind of senseless wit
Not to conclude against a wall of stone.
It has no need to falter or explore;
Darkly it knows what obstacles are there,
And so may weave and flitter, dip and soar
In perfect courses through the blackest air.
And has this simile a like perfection?
The mind is like a bat. Precisely. Save
That in the very happiest of intellection
A graceful error may correct the cave.
- ‘Out of Danger‘ / ‘The End of Love’ (2009 A-level H2 P1)
- ‘Rooms‘ / ‘Home is So Sad‘ (2010 A-level H2 P1)
- Excerpt from ‘The Buried Life’ / ‘The Thread‘ (2011 A-level H2 P1)
- Excerpt from ‘Interludes III’ / ‘A Death to Us‘ / (2012 A-level H2 P1)
- ‘Men Improve with the Years’ / ‘Men at Forty‘ (2014 A-level H2 P1)
- ‘Modern Love‘ / ‘The Knife‘ (2014 A-level H2 P1)
- ‘The Red and the Black‘ / ‘Sometimes‘ (2015 A-level H2 P1)