Looking at Mr. MacKnight’s essay, I realise that I made a few very big mistakes. I wrote that the poet was a male who’d fallen out of love, watching his lovers go by, as he watched ‘beauties’ pass by year after year. Also, my essay wasn’t very structured, and focused mostly on the content of the poem.
I learnt a lot from the model commentary. I’ve now got a better feel of how to write commentaries. It is also very interesting how we can compare different parts of the poem to get the main idea. The way I analyse the poem is more like rephrasing it, and it was very refreshing to see how clearly it cold be expressed. I got the same ideas from the poem, but the way I planned my essay became jumbled and confusing.
I think, if I planned out the essay carefully, it might be better. Also, from Mr. MacKnight’s essay, I’ve got a better idea of how to quote the poem, and make it work. Also, I learnt that the sounds of words are also important.