Monthly Archives for April 2016


Analysing the paper

Some students gain comfort from analysing the poets that have come up in the past. Here is a quick overview of the last few years: 2015 John Montague Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin Robert Frost Thomas Hardy 2014 W.B. Yeats Emily Dickinson Philip Larkin Sylvia Plath 2013 Elizabeth Bishop Gerard Manley Hopkins Derek Mahon Sylvia Plath 2012 […]


Past exam questions on Philip Larkin

2014 ‘Larkin is a perceptive observer of the realities of ordinary life in poems that are sometimes illuminated by images of lyrical beauty.’ To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement? Support your answer with reference to both the themes and language found in the poetry of Philip Larkin on your […]


Questions on Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin

Eiléan Ní Chilleanáin is a relatively new poet on the course and has only appeared once on the Leaving Certificate exam so far. What a lovely question about this wonderful poet! 2015 ‘Ní Chuilleanáin’s demanding subject matter and formidable style can prove challenging.’ ‘Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with reference to the poetry of […]