The Highwayman – Sample Essay Plan

The Highwayman –Critical Essay
How does the poem make effective use of poetic devices?

 
  • Give the title of the poem
  • Give the name of the writer
  • Explain in a sentence what the poem is about
  • Say what your essay is going to do

 
  • Say that Noyes uses metaphor
  • Give an example of a metaphor
  • Explain what is being compared to what
  • Explain why this is appropriate

 
  • Give another example of a metaphor
  • Explain what is being compared to what
  • Explain why this is appropriate

 
  • Say that Noyes uses other techniques
  • Explain that he uses alliteration
  • Give an example
  • Explain how the sound works
  • What does the sound remind us of?

 
  • Say that Noyes also uses repetition
  • Say that works to reinforce ideas
  • Give an example of repetition
  • Explain the effect of the repetition

  • Say that Noyes also uses onomatopoeia
  • Say that works to give sound images
  • Explain that this gives the reader a “sensory experience”
  • Give an example of onomatopoeia
  • Explain the effect of this

 
  • Say that Noyes also uses symbolism and connotation
  • Give an example of this
  • What is the effect – what are the connotations?
  • How does this contribute to the overall themes of the poem

 
  • Say that the Highwayman is an interesting poem
  • Explain that the techniques you have discussed bring the poem to life
  • Say they help us to visualise the events of the poem
  • Say that this shows how powerful language can be

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